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Lecture 10

ENGL 442 Lecture 10: Pearl

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Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 442
Professor
Caroline D.Eckhardt

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Pearl
Thursday, February 26, 2015
11:35 AM
The dreamer is an archetype in medieval poetry
oThe dreamer is not dreaming out of peace, but out of some form of distress.
oUsually the dream sequence is represented in 1st person narrative
oThe garden setting is the most common and is usually associated with springtime
Renewal, rebirth, new discoveries are all themes conjured by this idea
oUpon awakening, the dreamer usually has learnt something or obtained
something
oDreams allow for the freeing of narrative
But maintain the "truth-claim" in order to be applicable to real life yet still
have that etheral feel
Why can't the man cross the stream at the end of the story to join the girl?
oIf the stream represents the boundary of the living and the dead, he cannot cross
because it would be suicide which is completely against the ideas of Christianity.
Also one cannot die in a dream generally so he can see the city but
cannot cross over tot it. This is related to the idea of the "truth-claim"
The idea of the dream as both untouchable yet still malleable in th real world is
pervasive throughout the trope.
oMany stories implement a between space
Events can be real or in the dream-world or both.
There are a number of other stories that apply to the trope, but Pearl is the only one necessary
for the course for the most part.

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Pearl Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:35 AM • The dreamer is an archetype in medieval poetry o The dreamer is not dreaming out of peace, but out of some form of distress. o Usually the dream sequence is represented in 1st person narrative o The garden setting is the most common and is usually associated with springtime • Renewal, rebirth, new discoveries are all themes conjured by this idea o Upon awakening, the dreamer usually has learnt something or obtained something o Dreams allow for the freeing of narrative • But maintain the "truth-claim" in order to be applicable to real life yet still have that etheral feel • Why can't the man cross th
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