The Reuniting

For a first project, I decided to transform a scene from “Chevrefoil” into a comic strip. I specifically, used the stanzas,

In the woods she finds that man who
Loves her more than any other. 
They show their joy, to be together– 
He can talk to her at leisure,
She speaks to him all her pleasure. 
Then she outlines every little thing 
Needed to make peace with the King, 
For it weighs heavy on her husband 
Thus to have sent him from the land
Accusers forced him, it wasn’t fair.

Now she goes, she leaves her friend there. 
But when it’s time for them to sever,
Each begins weeping for such a lover. 
Tristram goes back to Wales as before. 
Till his uncle commands that he be sent for.

Storyboard That is a program I previously used for another class or it was something like it, at least. I cannot remember if it was the exact same program. It is slightly hard to grasp exactly how to use it at first. It really is just very tedious more than anything else. However that said, I thought this was a fun to way to complete a project for a class. I liked transforming Marie De France’s text into a comic strip format. 

My project answers the question, why does literature matter, because it shows that literature can be many different forms. It can be in a form of a poem or it can be in a comic. I also think that with the different forms that can be helps make literature more accessible to people. While “Chevrefoil” was one the easier texts this semester for me to understand, many of the works of the medieval and renaissance period can be difficult to get a grasp on since the language was so different back then. I know, at least, that J have struggled with some of the texts. However, adding accompanying images to a text can help make it not seem so intimidating and maybe easier to understand. 

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  1. I loved this! It was a very unique unessay. And I have to agree, some readings from this course were difficult to understand, but when I sought out different methods such as audio books, crash course videos, and illustrations such as yours above, the stories started to make more and more sense. I too have used that comic site in other courses, but I completely forgot it existed! I thought the use of the comic structure was very clever. It reminded me of the book “Persepolis” which is a comic format but a very interesting read if you ever have the time (there is a free pdf of it online I believe). And I think you bring up the important point that literature should be accessible to everyone, I think movies are a good example of this. Young kids that can’t read are not able to sit down and read a book, but they are able to sit down and watch classic films that will teach them life lessons early on, even though they are not aware it’s happening. Literature is such an essential tool that reveals a lot about the time period it was written, no matter the genre. And anything that makes these stories easier to read is such a great idea to enable a bigger audience to consume it. Nice job!

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