Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Richard L. Lane


Most of the recent critical comment of Robert Henryson’s The Moral Fabillis of Esop The Phrygain has been directed toward the relation between the two parts of each fable: (1) the narrative itself and (2) the moralitas, an allegorical interpretation which follows each narrative. The moralitas interpretations do not always follow expected patterns and, in fact, may seem highly artificial and contrived when compared to the more natural and familiar animal stories which make up the fables themselves. It is probably this element of the unexpected in Henryson’s interpretations of the thirteen fables that has called attention to the fable-moralitas relationship.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1969 David M. Raabe.

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