Reynard the fox is a literary cycle of medieval allegorical dutch english french and german fables the first extant versions of the cycle date to the second half of the 12th century the genre is very popular throughout the late middle ages and in chapbook form throughout the early modern period. Reynard the fox hero of several medieval european cycles of versified animal tales that satirize contemporary human society though reynard is sly amoral cowardly and self seeking he is still a sympathetic hero whose cunning is a necessity for survival. Reynard the fox is the son of persephone and a former trickster god in the years following persephones disappearance from earth reynard grew to resent his mother for abandoning him causing him to target her followers in retaliation. Reynard the fox is clearly a satire one that exposes the greed corruption and lying that poison institutions and social relations above all at courtit helps of course that this is an animal fable so what might otherwise seem like pages taken from king lear or othello come across as episodes from a road runner cartoon or an . Based on the classic german fable of reynard the fox this narrative poem is a satirical portrait of court society which goethe was well acquainted with the story is about a trial before the lion king nobel in which reineke the sly rogue fox is charged with many offenses and cruel deeds and ends up being sentenced to death
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