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What is the significance of Amiens' song in Act 2 Scene 7?

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rachnagoyal | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted January 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM via web

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What is the significance of Amiens' song in Act 2 Scene 7?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM (Answer #1)

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Amiens’ song contrasts the coldness and inhospitable character of untamed nature with human unkindness. Although the winter wind and the bitterly cold air can kill people, as Adam has nearly died from starvation, because nature is without malice or sin, it can only harm the outward body and not the soul. Physical ills can sometimes be cured, as hunger can be cured with food. Human betrayal is a matter of deliberate malice and wounds people more than mere physical injury. False friendship and betrayal have injured the characters in the play, but love and true friendship bring them true happiness.

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