Comparative Essay Between Two Ballads
Ballad is a poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. Traditional ballads are typically of unknown authorship, having been passed orally from one generation to the next. Ballads are written for entertainment and meanwhile there is a moral theme. Each ballad has its own characters, settings, events, and theme. Here are two examples of ballads: "Robin Hood and the Three Squires" and "Get up and Bar the Door." Both have similarities and differences.
There are some similarities in both of the ballads. Both ballads have chivalry and bravery main characters. In "Robin Hood and the Three Squires", the main hero is called "Robin Hood" who is an outlaw, rebellious, and trickery for the sake of rescuing the poor people. Also the main character of "Get up and Bar the Door" is the "husband" who is stubborn to not lose the pact with his wife. But for the sake of protecting his wife and himself, he lost the pact. Another similarity in both ballads is the simplicity of the ballads' style and form. This ease and clarity of the ballads is apt for readers' attention and understanding.
On the other hand, there are also some differences in the two ballads. One difference is that each ballad has a different tone and mood. In "Robin Hood and the Three Squires", it is serious and swindling. While in "Get up and Bar the Door", it is humorous and stubbornness. Another difference in both ballads is the theme. In the first ballad, the theme is rebellious and outlaw but for saving poor people from injustice murder. In the second ballad, the theme is about domestic conflicts and losing for saving the family.
Although ballads are all anonymous, but still each ballad contains a thematic expression. Ballads can include simple lessons like rebellion and outlaws, domestic conflicts, and chivalry. In my opinion, despite that ballads are written for entertainment, we should consider the sermon each ballad has.
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