The Characters in Don Juan, Marie de France, Assemblywomen, and Faust

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When it comes to defining love one needs to take into account that there are numerous variations. It isn’t as simple as meeting someone, falling for them, then getting married. These books offer an incite into the many ways a person can love someone else. From the traditional courtly love, to the vilest, greedy love, the characters in Don Juan, Marie de France, Assemblywomen, and Faust go through the whole spectrum.

The Lais of Marie de France is another way of saying your about to read short love stories. The first type of love we see in these stories is courtly. Courtly love, as shown in the series, is the action of swaying another person through polite actions or “sweet-talking” them, such as telling them how beautiful they are and that you can’t live without them. According to the dictionary, courtly love is “a tradition represented in Western European literature between the 12th and the 14th centuries, idealizing love between a knight and a…lady” (Courtly Love). When Guigemar was in the castle the lady he loved was locked up in he used a few words to entrap her and take her heart as his own. “My lady, I am dying because of you; my heart is giving me great pain…I am asking for your love…a woman who is fickle likes to extend courtship…but the well-intentioned lady, who is worthy and wise, should not be too harsh…if she finds him to her liking..she would rather love him and enjoy his love” (Burgess and Busby,49-50). The text goes on to say she gave her love to him based purely on his seemingly true words. Today courtly love is expressed through opening the door for a woman or carrying books, yet in Marie de France the use of words was extremely important to acquire a lover. Another type of love is envy, “a feeling of disconten...

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