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Literature of the Western World

Fray Luis De Leon’s use of the good shepherd motif in At the Ascension (Wilkie & Hurt, 2001) is a wholly unexpected one.  Hearing the phrase or title ‘the good shepherd’ clearly fills one with expectation that the word good in it means good of action.  In other words, a reader encountering this phrase would assume that the shepherd is good because of the work that he does.  For example, a shepherd who carefully rounds up his sheep would be a good shepherd, while one who loses his sheep would be a bad shepherd. This is in opposition to ‘good’ referring to a quality of character.  In this fashion, good is a description of what a person is, not what…