Piers Plowman

by

William Langland

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Peace Character Analysis

Peace is one of the four daughters of God, alongside her sisters, Mercy, Righteousness, and Truth. Peace is hopeful for the fate of mankind, echoing her sister Mercy’s belief that Christ’s death means that humanity will be saved, and the prophets and patriarchs will be rescued from Hell. At the end of the poem, Peace is the gatekeeper of Unity, and is clearly suspicious of Friar Flatterer.

Peace Quotes in Piers Plowman

The Piers Plowman quotes below are all either spoken by Peace or refer to Peace. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Love Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the W. W. Nortona & Company edition of Piers Plowman published in 2006.
Passus IV Quotes

If he may make amends, let Bail manumit him
And put up pledges for his crimes and purchase recompense,
Amend that misdeed and be evermore the better.

Related Characters: Wisdom (speaker), King, Wrong, Peace
Page Number: 59
Explanation and Analysis:
Passus XX Quotes

He lies drowned in dream…and so do many
others.
The Friar with his physic has enchanted the folk here,
And given them a drugged drink: they dread no sin.

Related Characters: Peace (speaker), Conscience, Friar Flatterer, Contrition
Page Number: 363
Explanation and Analysis:
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Peace Character Timeline in Piers Plowman

The timeline below shows where the character Peace appears in Piers Plowman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Passus IV
Corruption Theme Icon
Penance and Repentance Theme Icon
...Meed and her marriage, the King must first oversee a legal case. A man named Peace accuses Wrong of three crimes—rape, theft, and murder. With help from Conscience, the King knows... (full context)
Passus XVIII
Good Works and Salvation Theme Icon
...death has the power to “beguile the beguiler.” Mercy and Truth see their two sisters, Peace and Righteousness, approaching, and decide to ask them if they know what is going on. (full context)
Good Works and Salvation Theme Icon
Social Hierarchy, Community, and Selfishness Theme Icon
Peace, dressed in clothes of patience, is joyful, as she has just received word from Love... (full context)
Love Theme Icon
As Christ leads the worthy souls out of Hell, hundreds of angels sing, and Peace declares that the sun is always brightest after a storm. She says, “There was never... (full context)
Passus XX
Corruption Theme Icon
Social Hierarchy, Community, and Selfishness Theme Icon
When Friar Flatterer arrives at the gates of Unity, Peace asks him for his reason in coming to Unity. He says that he is a... (full context)
Corruption Theme Icon
Penance and Repentance Theme Icon
Social Hierarchy, Community, and Selfishness Theme Icon
...who calls out again for Clergy’s help. Conscience also calls for his cousin Contrition, but Peace delivers the news that Contrition “…lies drowned in a dream…and so do many / others.”... (full context)