Choose one of the three fabliaux and write about how the message/moral relates to your life. The fabliaux are "The Divided Blanket," "The Churl Who Won Paradise," and "The Gray Palfrey" in Tales...

Choose one of the three fabliaux and write about how the message/moral relates to your life. The fabliaux are "The Divided Blanket," "The Churl Who Won Paradise," and "The Gray Palfrey" in Tales from the Old French.

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"The Divided Blanket" is an interesting tale among the three fabliaux. In this tale, a father gives his son everything he owns so that the son can marry the sister of three knights. Later, when the wife tells the son to throw his father out, the son agrees. The son is only stopped by his own son, who feigns miserliness and pretends to give his grandfather only half a blanket. This act on the part of the grandson reminds the son that his father sacrificed everything for him and that he must be generous towards his father. The moral of the story is that a father, or anyone, must not give everything to someone else and must reserve something for him or herself.

The way you apply the moral of this story is up to you. Perhaps you have witnessed parents who give their children everything without asking for anything in return. Does this make the children generous or selfish? Or perhaps you have given everything you had (such as time, possessions, or money) to a friend, without reserving anything for yourself. Do you think this makes the friend better or worse towards you? There are several ways to apply this fable to real life.