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An unusual encounter between Man and Death in the Middle Ages as portrayed in Der Ackermann aus Boehmen

G. Thiel
Literator | Vol 8, No 3 | a869 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v8i3.869 | © 1987 G. Thiel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 1987 | Published: 07 May 1987

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G. Thiel,, South Africa

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Abstract

This article tries to establish the uniqueness of the relationship between man and Death in Der Ackermann aus Boehmen. This is achieved by comparing Der Ackermann to disputes between man and Death of a similar kind and by resorting to possible sources for the depiction of the figure of Death. While Death’s right to kill is in the end confirmed by God, man nevertheless has made inroads into Death’s universal and indiscriminatory powers by emotional and intellectual accusations as well as physical threats. This was facilitated by personifying Death to such an extent that Death was brought close to the level of man rather than remaining a pseudo-transcendental power.

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