Animal Imagery in Lafontaine Analytical Essay by cee-cee

Animal Imagery in Lafontaine
An examination of Jean de La Lafontaine's version of Aesop's fables and how he uses animals to denounce human behavior.
# 115326 | 2,966 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jul 16, 2009 in Literature (Children) , Literature (French)

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The paper discusses how Jean de La Lafontaine's fables take on a new perspective that makes them applicable to late 17th century French society. The paper analyzes his fables and shows how Lafontaine is particularly outspoken about certain elements of French society, such as the bourgeoisie class, while he often addresses the poor. The paper identifies his purpose in writing as well as the central themes in the stories. The paper therefore demonstrates how Lafontaine's animal characters are metaphors for French society and its class structure during the second half of the 17th century.

Lafontaine and French Social Class
Messages to the Poor and Purpose in Writing
Comparison and Contrast

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aesop's Fables. The Mules and the Robbers. last Updated October 1, 2006. Accessed April 15, 2008.
  • Shapiro, N. (trans.) The Complete Fables of Jean de La Lafontaine, University of Illinois Press. Chicago, Illinois. October 2007.

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