The Song of Roland

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The Song of Roland Symbols

Gloves

In the poem’s medieval context, giving a token such as a glove symbolizes the delegation of authority for the giver, and the acceptance of a task for the receiver. In the poem, gloves feature most…

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Swords

In the poem’s medieval context, swords are more than just weapons—they symbolize a knight’s reputation and honor on the battlefield. For example, when Roland knows he is dying, he tries to destroy his beloved sword…

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