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Get up and bar the door

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Rebecca Schaefer

on 20 October 2015

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Transcript of Get up and bar the door

Get up and bar the door
The ballad, written in medieval times, begins with the wife busy preparing food for their meal. She asks her husband to close the door and when he refuses they make a pact. Their agreement was that the next person to speak was to get up and bar (close) the door. The door remains open until midnight when two thieves come into the house and eat their food as the couple watch in stubborn silence. When one thief threatens to kiss his wife the husband finally speaks up and breaks his silence. Having won the bet, the wife tells the husband to "get up and bar the door".
The theme of the story is stubbornness and laziness. Neither husband nor wife will close the door. Though humorous, the ballad has a serious theme: One's stubbornness can inadvertently cause harm to himself or others.
The tone is humourous and is a domestic conflict.
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BY: REbecca schaefer, cierra patterson, emily flores, and kendal Stafford
The song
Character Analysis
Wife: tired, stubborn,busy, and good wife.
Husband: lazy, stubborn,and selfish.
Thieves: Greedy, selfish, and perverted.
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