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From the Romantic to Hilarious: Pretext Alterations in A Legend of the Rhine by William Thackeray

The article compares the text of A Legend of the Rhine by Thackeray with Othon l’archer by Dumas, père, which was used as a pretext by Thackeray. Among the identified compositional differences between the texts, the most significant one is the absence of the embedded tale of the Swan knight, a variation of Lohengrin legend, in A Legend of the Rhine. The reasons for Thackeray’s omitting this tale are analyzed. First of all it was necessary to simplify the text from the cultural and psychological perspectives in order to make a burlesque out of it.

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