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The Song of Roland (Extra Credit Assignment) [Answer One] 1. The institution of Vassalage: Through its presentation of the characters Roland, Oliver, and Ganelon, the Song of Roland presents several case studies in the feudal institution of Vassalage. Roland and Oliver are presented as ideal vassals – “Roland is brave. Oliver is wise. Both are great vassals” “ – whereas treacherous Ganelon is the ultimate malignant vassal. In an essay of 800-1000 words, use these characters to explore the institution of vassalage, using the following questions for inspiration only (no need to answer all of them): •If Roland and Oliver are good vassals, then what actions, character traits, martial qualities, etc. do “good vassals” possess? What does Roland say and do that makes him a “good vassal”? Arguably, in refusing to blow his horn upon the first sight of the Saracen army, Roland makes a strategic military blunder. His pride prevents him from seeking help, while his armies could still be saved. Yet, the text does not seem to punish him for this error. Despite his arrogance, which leads to the ruin of 20,000 Franks, Roland ever remains the picture of a “good vassal”? What can be learned about the institution of vassalage from the poem’s presentation of Roland’s strategic blunders vis-à-vis his heroism at the Battle of Roncesvalles? What can we learn about the institution of vassalage from the character of Oliver? Oliver urges Roland to blow the horn at first sight of Marsile’s army, but later cautions against blowing it in l. 1705 and following. Why? •What is Ganelon’s relationship to Roland and why does Ganelon hate Roland so badly? Clearly, within the world of the text, Ganelon believed himself innocent of wrongdoing. He believed that his betrayal of Roland did not constitute a betrayal of his Lord. And yet, the text presents him as the archetypical “bad vassal.” In what do his failures as a vassals consist? Of what crime specifically was he accused at the trail (in the closing pages of the text)? 2. Feudal Relations: The Song of Roland can be used to illustrate the variety of highly personal relationships that bound together the warrior aristocracy in a feudal society. The principal characters in the poem – Roland, Oliver, Charlemagne, Ganelon, the twelve companions, and archbishop Turpin – are all interconnected through various oaths of vassalage, ties of kinship, and marriage. In a short essay of 800-1000 words, (1) chart the various personal relationships that bound together these characters, then (2) consider the ways in which ties of kinship and marriage may both reinforce and conflict with the ties of vassalage and lordship in the social world of the poem. 3. Legitimate and Illegitimate Anger in the Song of Roland: Throughout the Song of Roland, characters are often described as easily enraged. Ganelon becomes angry when Roland nominates him. Later, Charles to Ganelon: “You are the devil; Mortal rage has entered your body.” Roland becomes filled with rage (on p. 53) at the first sight of the Saracen army. What is the function of rage/ anger in this text? In the world of this Song of Roland, is there a clear difference between “just anger” and “vengeful anger”? Do anger and hate function to renegotiate aristocratic relationships (either legitimately or illegitimately) in a feudal context? What function (if any, beyond the merely gratuitous) do the graphic descriptions of violence play in the poem? Is the violence a physical manifestation of anger?
The Song of Roland (Extra Credit Assignment) [Answer One] 1. The institution of Vassalage: Through its presentation of the characters Roland, Oliver, and Ganelon, the Song of Roland presents several case studies in the feudal institution of Vassalage. Roland and Oliver are presented as ideal vassals – “Roland is brave. Oliver is wise.
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