HIS109Y1 Chapter Notes - Chapter Nov 2 readings in Brophy: Hans Jakob Christoffel Von Grimmelshausen, Picaresque Novel, Close Reading

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UTSG
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History
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HIS109Y1
Brophy'v.1'(467/472,'479/484)'
Simplicissimus)by)Hans)Jakob)Christoph)Von)Grimmelshausen)
• The%greatest%German%novel%of%the%seventeenth%century%
• Hans%was%a%soldier%in%the%imperial%army%and%in%1639,%he%became%secretary%to%the%
commandant%at%Offenburg%
• At%the%end%of%the%Thirty%Years’%War,%he%became%a%commandant%on%the%Inn%
• In%1667,%he%became%a%tax%collector%and%his%duties%allowed%him%to%write%his%masterpiece,%
Simplicissimus%which%was%modelled%on%the%Spanish%picaresque%romance%
• He%sketched%the%development%of%the%human%soul%measured%against%the%background%of%a%
land%riven%by%warfare%
• Vivid%picture%of%seventeenth%century%Germany%
• Grimmelshausen%can’t%answer%the%question%of%what%went%on%during%the%Thirty%Years’%
War%because%it%can%not%be%looked%at%as%study%of%history:%(1)%it’s%written%after%the%war,%(2)%
the%writings%don't%place%the%same%value%in%facts%as%we%do%now,%the%style%and%purpose%are%
very%different%
Even%if%its%supposed%to%be%an%eye%witness%account,%we%can%not%look%at%it%like%a%newspaper,%
we%have%to%look%at%it%in%a%different%way%
Questions%about%the%period%that%we%could%ask:%What%can%this%one%text%tell%us%about%the%
time%period?%—>%Close%reading%of%the%text%and%extrapolate%details%about%the%period%in%
which%the%text%was%created%
• Who%does%Simplicissimus%represent?%Why%has%Grimmelshausen%represented%soldiers%
and%peasants%in%a%certain%way?%What%does%he%assert%about%the%conduct%of%the%30%Years’%
War?%What%is%his%relation%to%nature%XX%he%uses%naturalistic%metaphors,%what%are%there%
purpose?%
• The%peasants%are%the%roots,%they%give%their%strength%to%the%soldiers,%as%the%leaves%fall%off….%
Book)One,)c.1:)Treats)of)Simplicissimus’s)Rustic)Descent)and)of)His)Upbringing)Answering)Thereto)
In%the%seventeenth%century,%which%some%people%think%will%be%the%end%of%time,%a%disease%is%occurring%
among%commoners%which%makes%its%victims%claim%that%they%are%noblemen%of%an%ancient%family%even%
though%they%are%not%and%most%likely%came%from%labourers%or%other%common%people.%The%narrator%
doesn’t%like%to%compare%himself%to%these%people%but%he%jokes%around%that%he%has%a%feeling%that%his%
ancestors%must%have%been%noblemen.%
He%admits%that%he’s%kidding,%however,%and%says%that%his%origin%and%education%could%be%compared%to%a%
prince’s%if%you%don’t%dwell%on%all%of%the%differences.%His%father,%or%how%they%call%father%in%Spessart%
“khan,%had%a%palace%and%was%a%mighty%and%wealthy%king%whose%home%re^lected%it.%
He%had%sheep,%pigs,%and%other%animals%instead%of%workers%like%stable%boys%who%were%all%dressed%in%
their%own%uniform%and%waited%on%the%narrator%until%he%dismissed%them.%His%father%had%lots%of%
weapons%which%he%used%every%day%and%he%made%war%on%the%whole%earth%and%every%fall%would%obtain%
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Simplicissimus by hans jakob christoph von grimmelshausen. In 1667, he became a tax collector and his duties allowed him to write his masterpiece, What does he assert about the conduct of the 30 years". The peasants are the roots, they give their strength to the soldiers, as the leaves fall off . His father, or how they call father in spessart. Khan , had a palace and was a mighty and wealthy king whose home re^lected it. Book one, c. 1: treats of simplicissimus"s rustic descent and of his upbringing answering thereto. Book one, c. 4: how simplicissimus"s palace was stormed, plundered, and ruinated, and in what sorry. Fashion that the soldiers kept house there the harvey this way. He, however, was a great musician. He lived like adam and eve and lived so ignorantly that he lived so happily. When he went home, he found that he had been robbed and tried to think about what he should do.

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