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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Elizalde

Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais

Updated: Jul 22, 2019

(1) Consider the closing remarks of Rabelais in Pantagruel. Do you find yourself agreeing with those critics that accused Rabelais of foolishly writing "idle tales and amusing twaddle"? If so, then Rabelais accuses you of being a hypocrite in disguise who make common folk believe that you "have no employment save meditation and worship," meanwhile enjoying all "contrary good cheer." How might you respond to this accusation?

(2) Does the obscenity of this work ruin its comedic value? Is this a work worth reading today?

Illustration of Pantagruel by Gustave Dore

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