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The Contradiction of Chivalry and Courtly Love

- The Contradiction of Chivalry and Courtly Love Two conflicting disciplines are prevalent throughout Arthurian Legend; that of chivalry and that of courtly love. The ideal of each clash throughout the medieval tales, and it is impossible to interfuse the two models for society. Chivalry is a masculine code, an aggressive discipline, whereas courtly love is based upon women - their needs, wants, and desires. The consistent problem if Lancelot and Guinevere’s adulterous relationship in different tellings of the affair relates back to the differences presented in chivalric code and courtly love ideals....   [tags: Love Chivalry Courtly Essays]

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The Law of Chevalrie: Courtly Love

- ... Courtly romance was read in courts frequently, stories that told of the ideal knight. Kaeuper states, “…they advance ideals for what chivalry should become… more often than they mirror an ideal already transformed into social reality” (CVME 33). These ideals were spread to both sexes and all statuses. Although it is said that women were mainly the audience of these works, it is safe to assume that men were also audience (either that, or women had a fascination with the violence of war that is frequently depicted in romances)....   [tags: knights of the anglo-saxon era]

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Courtly Love

- During the Middle Ages, Courtly love was a code which prescribed the conduct between a lady and her lover (Britannica). The relationship of courtly love was very much like the feudal relationship between a knight and his liege. The lover serves his beloved, in the manner a servant would. He owes his devotion and allegiance to her, and she inspires him to perform noble acts of valor (Schwartz). Capellanus writes, in The Art of Courtly Love, “A true lover considers nothing good except what he thinks will please his beloved”....   [tags: History, Middle Ages]

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The Wife of Bath: Illustrating Courtly Love

- In the Middle Ages, when The Canterbury Tales was written, society became captivated by love and the thought of courtly and debonair love was the governing part of all relationships and commanded how love should be conducted. These principles changed literature completely and created a new genre dedicated to brave, valorous knights embarking on noble quests with the intention of some reward, whether that be their life, lover, or any other want. The Canterbury Tales, written in the 14th century by Geoffrey Chaucer, accurately portrays and depicts this type of genre....   [tags: The Wife of Bath Essays]

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Courtly Love as an Ennobler in Romantic Literature

- Lancelot, the knight of the cart, is in love with Queen Guinevere, who constantly compromises his reputation by embarrassing him . Chretien de Troyes writes Lancelot in The Knight of the Cart to be deeply in love, so much so that he constantly sacrifices his reputation for the queen. Classically, “the romantic hero developed from an extravagant to an ideal character” (Williams 275) in typical Romance literature. Although Romance literature has many variations, Lancelot portrays this transition from the extravagant, noble, knight to an ideal character in the tale....   [tags: Lancelot, Romantic Era, Literary Analysis]

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Empowering Women through Courtly Love

- During the Medieval time period, a woman would generally be forced to depend upon a man for her livelihood. However, in the world of courtly love, some could say that this was the first idea of goddess worship. Where the man is unable to survive without his beloved. As a result of this, her love causes him to achieve noble deeds, and become obedient to her in hopes of winning her affection. In The Lais of Marie de France, specifically Chevrefoil and Yonec, the author does not follow all of the rules of courtly love, yet she does illustrate to the reader the relationship between the man and his woman....   [tags: Literature]

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Courtly Love in Troilus and Criseyde

- Courtly Love in Troilus and Criseyde        Courtly love was a popular theme in literary works and poetry in thirteenth century Europe.  Andreas Capellanus, chaplain to Marie de France and author of the classic The Art of Courtly Love defines courtly love as "...a certain inborn suffering derived from the sight of and excessive meditation upon the beauty of the opposite sex, which causes each one to wish above all things the embraces of the other and by common desire to carry out all of love's precepts in the other's embrace."   In reality, courtly love was no more than an explicit court of rules for committing adultery.  However, in literary works, the basis of chivalry became the prese...   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays]

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Chaucers Use of Courtly Love

- Chaucers Use of Courtly Love Chaucer's Use of "Courtly Love" Chaucer admired and made use of the medieval "courtly love" romance tradition, although he did not fully "buy into it." The "courtly love" code is based on the woman as the center of attention. The medieval knight suffers greatly for his love, who is often someone else's wife. He will do anything to protect and honor her, remaining faithful at all costs. Adultery and secrecy characterize these relationships. The knight views a woman and experiences true love....   [tags: essays papers]

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Chaucer's Parody To Courtly Love

- Chaucer's Parody To Courtly Love After the Knight tells his story, the Miller insists very rudely to tell his tale. Chaucer uses the aspect of courtly love which is found in the Knights tale and makes a parody of it; He uses the Miller?s character to mock the Knights idea of courtly love. Miller describes the heroine of his story Alison, as a wife of an older man and also an infidel. She?s compared to a ?wezele. sly and cunning. The description of Alison clearly indicates that she is very different from an innocent girl from courtly love stories instead she?s well aware of her husbands jealousy and wears elaborate cloths to show off her beauty....   [tags: English Literature Chaucer Essays Papers]

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Love and Literature

- "Love is an inborn suffering proceeding from the sight and immoderate thought upon the beauty of the other sex, for which cause above all other things one wishes to embrace the other and, by common assent, in this embrace to fulfill the commandments of love. . . ." once said Andreas Capellanus, the twelfth century French author of a well-known but skeptical book, The Art of Courtly Love. Despite Capellanus’s attempt to provide others with an accurate definition of love, he fails in doing so; trying to achieve the impossible; Capellanus is unaware in composing a meaning of love that with its great ambiguity, love cannot ever be defined as a single phrase; its true meaning, which lies in the e...   [tags: The Art of Courtly Love]

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Courtly Love and Rondeau Form

- Courtly Love and Rondeau Form Both Adieu m'amour, adieu ma joye by Dufay and Le souvenir de vous me tue by Morton are the songs of the courtly love and, they are composed in the rondeau form. From one point of view, the form of the music, rondeau, may be too specific in terms of the melody order to express the poem of the courtly love which is about a man's feelings of distant love. However, in these two specific songs, Dufay and Morton used their clever criativities to let the repetition of the melodies and the poem fit naturally to the overall flow of the songs....   [tags: Music Musical Musician Essays]

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“The Miller’s Tale” - A Parody of Courtly Love

- During the Middle Ages using the method of courtly love was very common. It was defined as a way of worshiping a woman to get their attention and love in a noble way by doing heroic deeds or just by giving the women gifts. Back then the most known courtly lovers were the knights for being known as very chivalrous and noble men. In “the Miller’s Tale”, the use of courtly love is the complete opposite of what it usually is. The story telling the story, in other words the miller makes a complete parody of courtly love and what it stands for, he makes it seem very vulgar by the way he talks about the characters in a very sexual manner and the deeds that the characters do throughout the story....   [tags: Literary Review]

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Courtly Love in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- ... Her court centered on this new model of romance, a deviation from marriage’s political nature and Aristotelian forms of love. Feudal Europe thus adopted courtly love as an ideal for true love, though not as an ideal for matrimony; indeed, courtly love almost always involved an adulterous aspect. An offended Catholic Church scorned this newly instated social system, but such scandalous love persisted. By the mid-fourteenth century, courtly love became an accustomed behavior. The heart of courtly love grew to demand a knight’s complete obedience to his mistress under his honor and courtesy, by means of taxing ordeals to prove his enduring commitment to her....   [tags: Wealth, Chivalry]

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Courtly Love in Meg Bogin’s "The Women Troubadours"

- Maria de Ventadorn writes in a style common to the trobairitz of her time in the south of France. Meg Bogin’s collection The Women Troubadours will be used to outline general aspects of courtly love. This type of lyric is called a tenson, a common form of performed collaborative song with alternating stanzas (16). In the lyric, courtly love is presented as a game and Lady Maria’s interest is to win. This can be observed in the treatment of her counterpart and her ideas about courtship. The tone of the poem is conversational and pert written in a plain, informal style....   [tags: Maria de Ventadorn, Meg Bogin, Women Troubadours,]

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Beowolf, The Art of Courtly Love, and The Wife of Bath and

- The term “Hero” has been in our civilization for centuries. On the surface, a hero is a person of honor, integrity, and the will to fight for what he or she believes in. Nearly every story that is told is centered around a character who in one way or another is a hero. They are a person whom the common people are supposed to strive to be; but does this icon truly exist. While the author of Beowulf is still a mystery, the greatness of the character that he or she created will live on forever. Beowulf is the model of what a hero was supposed to be in the middle ages....   [tags: heroes in literature through the ages]

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Troilus and Criseyde Love Analysis

- Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde focuses on Troilus role as a lover. The story relates to Troilus romance build on inside the framework of courtly love. Courtly love was a popular and common theme in literary works in the thirteenth century. Usually, courtly love is defined to be a secret between members of nobility. Criseyde is not a truthful lover and she is to blame alone as we all know Troilus love for her was very strong. Her love for him was nothing but a lie. Come to think of it this kind of love cannot possibly exist....   [tags: geoffrey chaucer, courtly love, lover]

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Courtly Love

- Courtly Love “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” (Miriam-Webster 253). This quote has been used for centuries as both persuasion in favor of loving and also as comfort in times of heartbreak and loss. However, is this statement completely true, or does it offer false hope to anguishing lovers. In fact, are the rules and costs of loving and being loved so great that in fact it is actually better to never have loved at all. When pondering these questions, one must first consider the rules of loving and being loved to determine the physical, emotional, and psychological costs they entail....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Courtly Love Conventions in Troilus and Creseyde

- Courtly Love Conventions in Troilus and Creseyde         From the beginning the reader knows that "Troilus and Criseyde" is both a romance and a tragedy, for if the name of the poem and the setting of doomed Troy are not enough of a clue, Chaucer's narrator tells us so explicitly. This is a tale of:   The double sorwe of Troilus to tellen, ... In lovying, how his aventures fellen Fro wo to wele, and after out of joie2   This waxing and waning of Troilus' and Criseyde's happiness in love allows Chaucer to explore the different manifestations of love in his contemporary society, and what the costs of loving might be....   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays]

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Courtly Love in The Knight’s Tale and The Wife of Bath’s Tale

- “The noble knight slays the dragon and rescues the fair maiden…and they live happily ever after.” This seemingly cliché finale encompasses all the ideals of courtly love, which began in the Medieval Period and still exists today. While these ideals were prevalent in medieval society, they still existed with much controversy. Geoffrey Chaucer, a poet of the period, comments on courtly love in his work The Canterbury Tales. Through the use of satiric elements and skilled mockery, Chaucer creates a work that not only brought courtly love to the forefront of medieval society but also introduced feministic ideals to the medieval society....   [tags: The Knight’s Tale, Wife of Bath’s Tale]

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King Arthur, Sir Gawain and Superman

- ... They gathered people who were able to fight and the intelligent and strongest of the kingdom. 'Courtly love was a highly idealized code of conduct for lovers during the middle ages and Renaissance in Europe. Typically, the courtly love relationship was not between husband and wife, as marriage was a political or practical arrangement.' (Courtly Love) Explaining courtly love to us, it shows it is not the same as it was then as it is now. Comparing it to Superman it shows his love life does not compare to this at all....   [tags: chivalry, bravery, courtly love]

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The Code of Chivalry

- ... As shown, chivalry is not just any word because it comes from various words that also reflect its meaning. Within the concept of chivalry there existed a set of laws or rules that people called Code of Chivalry (). To have chivalric deeds a person had to commit to these set of codes. In the most basic terms, the code of chivalry are guidelines for qualified knights. Knights were obliged once committed to follow the code of chivalry without breaking any of the laws or rules (). There were severe consequences like death for those knights who broke these code of chivalry ()....   [tags: virtues, honor, and courtly love]

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A College Student’s Approach to Courtly Love

- A College Student’s Approach to Courtly Love The term "courtly love" is a highly ambiguous one. As it applies to works of literature, it spans over hundreds of years and over a half dozen countries. Hence finding its specific literary and allegorical definition and impact on literature is difficult. It is important to understand the roots of courtly love. To do so means that one gains a greater understanding of the most foundational element of any society- the relationship between men and women....   [tags: Relationships Literature Language Essays]

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Courtly Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Courtly Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In the Elizabethan era men would go to all extremes to show women how much they loved them. This was called Courtly love. Around this time, men were expected to declare their love for a woman like this, and the women enjoyed the men telling them how beautiful they were. Men who wished for a woman to love them back would carry on wooing their mistresses until necessary or until their mistress's fell in love with them. Although the thought of this sounds like a good idea for a women, because receiving attention is a nice thing, but there were rules and consequences....   [tags: Papers]

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Knighthood and Courtly Love in the Time of King Arthur

- Chivalry was considered to be the code of behavior expected of a knight. It was the conduct, ideas, and ideals of the knightly class of the Middle Ages. It became standardized and referred to as chivalry, a term derived from the French word chevalier, meaning knight. The code urged the knight to be brave, courageous, honorable, true to his word, and loyal to his feudal overlord, and to defend his Church. A knight was truthful, honest, capable, educated, physically fit, noble, sincere, and subservient to the king....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Women´s Role in Society in Antigone, Aeneid, and The Art of Courtly Love

- In the play Antigone written by Sophacles, Antigone did not really have a role to play in society. She explored a contrast between the behaviour expected by women and the way she really acted in society. Women were considered as slaves being servants in homes, weaving all the time. During those days women did not have any rights and only had to obey the King’s orders. Even though that was the norm, Antigone still went against the laws of King Creon. Her two brothers, Eteocles and Polynices died fighting each other, because Eteocles refused to step down from the throne as his time to rule was over....   [tags: Andreas Capellanus, Antigone, Sophacles]

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Evaluate Chaucer’s use of irony in the presentation of Courtly Love.

- Evaluate Chaucer’s use of irony in the presentation of Courtly Love. The term Courtly love had not existed in the fourteenth century. It was only later coined this in Victorian time, although the concept existed when Chaucer was writing. The idea of courtly love is a literary concept that cannot be applied to real life due to what it entails. It was believed that this type of love is the most powerful and is the defining experience of human existence. Chaucer uses this idea in ‘The Merchant’s Tale’, but inappropriately....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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The Art of Courtly Love, Consolation of Philosophy, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- The Art of Courtly Love, Consolation of Philosophy, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Part 1: Consolation of Philosophy, written by Boethius 1. Boethius was a popular member of the senatorial family. He was a philosopher that agreed with Plato that government should be solely in the hands of wise men. After becoming consul, charges of treason were brought against him. He lived in a time in Roman society when everyone was mainly Christian. He was an Arian Christian and believed that Christ was neither truly God nor truly man....   [tags: Papers]

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Heroism in Beowolf and The Canterbury Tales

- Heroism Heroes are found in every work of art. Whether it is in the television shows we watch, the movies we go to see, the poems and stories we learn about, the books we read, there is always someone or something defined as the hero of that piece. Is the hero always the good guy who defeats the evil. Or is it something more, something more meaningful. Not every story line has a good vs. evil and not every story has a defined l hero, but does that mean there is not heroism in those works. Heroism isn’t a list of actions or characteristics that someone or something could have....   [tags: Act of Courtly Love, Chaucers Wife of Bath]

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Chivalry in Elizabethan Poetry

- Introduction The reign of Elizabeth I is considered to be the “Golden Age” of English history. During her reign, arts and literature flourished and became more diverse, which can clearly be seen in some of the greatest poets’ works, such as Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sir Philip Sydney, Edmund Spenser and William Shakespeare. Poetry in the Elizabethan age went through many changes and developments, in terms of form, imagery, subjects and themes. Most poets of this age tried to explore new genres and themes, however Queen Elizabeth I remained one of the poets’ main influences....   [tags: Thomas Wyatt, Philip Sydney, courtly love]

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Courtly And Uncourtly Views Of Poetry

- Between the twelfth and fifteenth century, the form of the lyric was founded in and became very popular within England. Few of the lyrics that were composed remain in existance today. This is mainly due to the fact that these lyrics were transferred orally. This meant they were never printed or published. The ones we do have paint for us a vague but sufficient picture of life as it was in these times. Particularily they give us a peek into the lives of the women of the medieval era and how they were viewed by their patriarchal society....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Gender Roles and Attitudes toward Love in Shakespeare's Hamlet

- Romeo and Juliet is a heart-breaking tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare telling us the story of two teenage ‘star-cross’d lovers’ whose unfortunate deaths ultimately unite the dispute between their two families. Despite the perils involved, they fall in love and marry with the help of two characters, Friar Lawrence and the Nurse. Throughout the play, Shakespeare portrays a range of different kinds of love through the central female characters. Maternal love is offered to Juliet by the Nurse and Juliet’s own reckless and impetuous love brought about by inexperience, which results in a doomed love....   [tags: Shakespeare, love, marriage,]

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Romeo as a Typical Courtly Lover in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Romeo as a Typical Courtly Lover in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is portrayed as a typical courtly lover. In my essay I will be examining the first act of the play and exploring Romeo as a courtly lover and his transition from loving Rosaline to loving Juliet. In traditional medieval literature there were often fictional characters who were known as courtly lovers. At the start of the play Shakespeare has portrayed Romeo as a traditional courtly lover because he follows the rules of courtly love....   [tags: Papers]

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Love Over the Centuries in Writing

- Love Over the Centuries in Writing Compare the different ways and forms in which poets have written about love over the centuries. Love is a universal theme throughout literature from past to modern day. Love has evolved over the centuries, in the way people feel it and show it and so has the way poets have written about love. Over centuries history has changed the values of love and what it is from the French Revolution to the First World War. Always love is an important theme in society therefore in literature....   [tags: Poetry Poets Writing Love Literature Essays]

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The Definition of Love

- As dictionaries have been adding new words and revising definitions yearly, we have seen a transition in the definition of love. Today, a commonly accepted definition of love is “an amorous episode” (Webster). This concept of love began with its portrayal in Hollywood media, causing the history and true meaning of the word to become lost. While love used to be defined as the “strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties,” or “affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests” (Webster), the most recent definition is most similar to what it seems Hollywood is portraying as infatuation....   [tags: Original Concept, Media, Infatuation]

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Shakespeare's View On Love

- Shakespeare’s View on Love Shakespeare’s plays are very drastic with how he ties love into them. Shakespeare always adds comedy or tragedy to any romance that might be taking place. For example in Twelfth Night, As You like It and Romeo and Juliet there is romance but he also puts comedy in there so love is not that easy. In the play Othello he makes it into a tragedy which makes the love even harder to take place. Shakespeare has always found a way to make love as complicated as he can which leads me to believe that he feels that you must work for love and it should not be handed to you....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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The Evolution of Love in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Centuries

- Throughout time, love has been a steady theme in music, literature, and film. Love is perhaps one of the most obvious emotions to portray and it can often be described as be sensual, sexual, spiritual or mystic, and divine. The tradition of courtly love began in the twelfth- century with the traveling songs of the performing troubadours and trouvères throughout Europe. Their songs of love were the source of all Western vernacular poetry and through the evolution of time developed into the popular chanson of the fifteenth and sixteenth- centuries....   [tags: music, literature, and film]

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Commentary on the Poem: The Lais of Marie de France

- The Breton lai, Milun is the ninth among twelve lais in the collected works known famously as the Lais of Marie de France. It is a narrative about a courtly love and family bond that become divided by an overpowering marital system. Written in England, the lai of the legendary medieval poet, Marie de France, can be traced back to the 12th century. Virtually nothing is known of the writer. Any information identified, including her name and geographical background, has been discovered through her manuscripts....   [tags: Love, Forbidden]

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Augustine And Love

- Augustine and Love Augustine states continuously that he was not yet in love, but was in love with love. This statement doesn't make sense to me. I don't believe that someone can be in love with something, if he or she doesn't understand what love is. "I was not yet in love, but I was in love with love, and from the very depth of my need hated myself for not more keenly feeling the need." (pg....   [tags: Augustine Analysis ]

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Augustine And Love

- How does Augustine define love. Augustine states continuously that he was not yet in love, but was in love with love. This statement doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t believe that someone can be in love with something, if he or she doesn’t understand what love is. “I was not yet in love, but I was in love with love, and from the very depth of my need hated myself for not more keenly feeling the need.” (pg. 35) How can Augustine hate himself if he doesn’t know what loves feel like. I think a lot of Augustine’s statements about love are interesting....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Love. In all its facets and colors, love is understood and accepted as a concept by even the most primitive cultures. But what is love. Many writers have debated this subject. Many works have been produced detailing the understanding individuals had of the concept of love.    The more accepted conception of love is usually found in Romeo & Juliet. Many people refer to it as love at first sight, in French, “le coup de foudre”, as if you had just been struck by a lightning bolt. This interpretation dates back to the courtly love tradition which manifested during the late Middle Ages, first through chivalry and then more openly among the nobility....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo Juliet]

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Love, Marriage and Gender Relations in the Postclassical Era

- Throughout the postclassical era, there were many approaches to the idea of love and to the sanctification of love. While some people focused on love as merely a sign of infatuation, others used it as a means of attaining spiritual closeness, and a way of sexual gratification. The countries of Europe, India and Japan proved to be no different. With an emphasis on courtly love, Medieval Europe defined love by romantic gestures and refraining from intercourse, while India defined love in terms of a sexual and spiritual connection and Japan defined love as a means of acting upon desire in an elegant fashion....   [tags: Postclassical Era]

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Renaissance Love in Tristan and Iseult

- Renaissance Love in Tristan and Iseult The modern concept of love owes a great deal to the Humanist tradition of the Renaissance. The humanists focused on perfection and exaltation of this life as opposed to the afterlife. In Tristan and Iseult the seeds of Renaissance love are present in the Middle Ages. To the modern eye, it is a mystery how the period of the Middle Ages produced the seeds of the diametrically opposite Renaissance. Yet it is necessary to understand this transformation if one is to fully comprehend the forces that helped produce the modern consciousness....   [tags: Papers]

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Romantic Love in Stories from Medieval Times

- Romance can be defined as a medieval form of narrative which relates tales of chivalry and courtly love. Its heroes, usually knights, are idealized and the plot often contains miraculous or superatural elements. According to Tony Davenport the central medieval sense of romance is ' of narratives of chivalry, in which knights fight for honour and love.' The term amour coutois ( courtly love) was coined by the French critic Gaston Paris in 1883 to categorise what medieval French lyricists or troubadours referred to as ' fin armors'....   [tags: chivalry, noble, knights]

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Love and Prowess in The Knight with the Lion

- Love and Prowess in The Knight with the Lion        The chivalric ideal demanded many things of a knight. To the military ideals of prowess, loyalty, and honor it added the aristocratic ideal of largesse and, with the rise of the troubadour lyrics and romances, the ideal of courtly love. At times a knight could find these demands in conflict with one another. Such is the case with Chrétien de Troyes's romance The Knight with the Lion. In this story, the hero Yvain finds love while pursuing prowess; but, continuing to pursue prowess, he loses that love....   [tags: Knight with the Lion Essays]

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Conception of Love in The Kreutzer Sonata

- Conception of Love in The Kreutzer Sonata Perhaps Tolstoy's short story, “The Kreutzer Sonata”, truly captures one definite conception of love, albeit a very negative one. To understand more what is brought to light in this story, we need to take a look at it, more importantly at the character of Pozdnychev.    Pozdnychev has just spent several years in prison for the murder of his unfaithful wife, as we find out early in the story. His tale is a sordid one, as he relates his past life, before his wedding, the meeting of his wife, their marriage, their dreadful relationship up to the murder itself and the tribunal....   [tags: Kreutzer Sonata Essays]

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The Aspects of Love in Twelfth Night

- The Aspects of Love in Twelfth Night The main theme in Twelfth Night is love. It is announced at the beginning of the play ‘If music be the food of love play on’ and from this you know that love will be a main aspect in Twelfth Night. In Elizabethan time ‘love’ as we know it today was very different. You could not love anyone outside of your social status, marriages were almost always arranged on how the social status could improve the current standing of one partner i.e....   [tags: Papers]

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Different Aspects of Love in Poetry

- Different Aspects of Love in Poetry The metaphysical poems of pre 1914 explored the whole experience of humans, which included love, politics, and how society was e.g. in this era premarital relations were forbidden by the church, romance and mans lust towards women. The poets used romance to represent other deeper issues in a symbolic way, like in "To His Coy Mistress" or "The Flea" where the poets use syllogistic arguments, which are usually used in politics, and in these poems show what society then was like....   [tags: Papers]

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Chaucer,Boccaccio,and the debate of love

- N.S. Thompson, Chaucer, Boccaccio, and the Debate of Love: A Comparative Study of The Decameron and The Canterbury Tales. Oxford: Clarendon, 1996; 354pp.; Nigel Thompson's book resists alignment with current concerns in late-medieval studies: he has little or nothing to say about manuscripts and their dissemination; about the audiences, reception, and imitation of the works he treats; about gender and its representation; about contemporary social and political developments and how these works reflect and even affect them; or about nationalism and internationalism in both late-medieval writers and the twentieth-century study of their work....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Until Death Do Us Part

- Until Death Do Us Part…In a Few Days Prior to the 19th century, love and marriage were often considered to be separate concepts. Marriage was strictly business management whereas love was a pursuit outside of marriage. During the renaissance, “ideal” love was a purifying and noble experience. There were two outcomes necessary for the love to be deemed ideal: there could only be a union of the hearts, minds and soul, not the bodies; and the unrequited desire had to lead to ennobling of the lover....   [tags: Love, Marriage, Business]

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Love In Todays Society

- Love In Today's Society A key to understanding Sociology and the Social Sciences in general is to evaluate subjects through time and compare and contrast characteristics that have changed and those that have remained the same. For this assignment I have elected to access three sources dealing with love; in three distinct time periods in the modern era. First we will survey one of the first popular mediums for the expression of love; that of poetry. I have chosen a poem by W.H. Auden to represent the early portion of this century- specifically the 1930s and 1940s....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Chivalry Through the Ages

- Lytton Strachey once said, “The old interests of aristocracy-the romance of action, the exalted passions of chivalry and war-faded into the background, and their place was taken by the refined and intimate pursuits of peace and civilization.” The differences between medieval and modern times show the progression in love and honor and chivalry. From the era of King Arthur’s knights to the modern times of Nicholas Sparks’ novels, the picture of what was originally a knight fighting for his “Princess” altered to a man dating a woman, to prove that through the generations courtly love will always exist but because of the change of responsibility, man no longer has the obligation in following the...   [tags: Sociology, Human Love]

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Love in Shakespeare's Sonnets 18 and 130

- Almost four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare's work continues to live on through his readers. He provides them with vivid images of what love was like during the 1600's. Shakespeare put virtually indescribable feelings into beautiful words that fit the specific form of the sonnet. He wrote 154 sonnets; all of which discuss some stage or feature of love. Love was the common theme during the time Shakespeare was writing. However, Shakespeare wrote about it in such a way that captivated his reader and made them want to apply his words to their romances....   [tags: Poetry]

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Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet "Romeo and Juliet" is a love tragedy based on different kinds of loves. Romeo and Juliet become married in a forbidden relationship over the high tension brawl between their rival families which Shakespeare clearly shows in the play. Despite the family brawls, the pair decides to let their "perfect" love defeat all. Peoples ideas have changed in the space of 400 years, for example back then some loves featured in this play would produce different reactions to the audience, than today....   [tags: Papers]

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Romeo and Juliet-Love?- feature article

- “LOVE IS A Certain Inborn Suffering derived from the sight of and excessive Meditation upon the beauty of the opposite sex, which causes each one to wish above all things the embraces of the other, and by common desires carry out all of love’s precepts in the other’s Embrace” is definition of medieval love. But Really, How much does Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet comes to terms of traditional “ love”. Think about Romeo in the very beginning of the play, when he talks about Rosaline. He describes, rather about her looks as he says: “ O, she is rich in beauty, only poor”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Middle Ages Art and Music Pertinence to Literature

- ... This genre came into existence through the uprising of the prominence of liturgical services. Religion continually impacted each and every decision made in the Middle Ages. This style of music is still used in religious communities today. The instruments that were used back then are also still used today. Instruments such as the harp, flute, and lute. The instruments were delicate. Literary the instruments were made of wood; this is where the name woodwinds came from. Apart from that, figuratively the Middle Ages plucked stringed instruments for a sensitive sound....   [tags: beauty, love, warrior, sacred, secular]

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Close Reading of Shakespeare´s Sonnet 130

- Sonnet 130 is Shakespeare’s harsh yet realistic tribute to his quite ordinary mistress. Conventional love poetry of his time would employ Petrarchan imagery and entertain notions of courtly love. Francis Petrarch, often noted for his perfection of the sonnet form, developed a number of techniques for describing love’s pleasures and torments as well as the beauty of the beloved. While Shakespeare adheres to this form, he undermines it as well. Through the use of deliberately subversive wordplay and exaggerated similes, ambiguous concepts, and adherence to the sonnet form, Shakespeare creates a parody of the traditional love sonnet....   [tags: love, mitress, pleasures, torment]

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Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet “Here’s much to do with hate but more with love”, (act 1 scene1 line 169). Although this is only one line from the play it virtually concludes the whole play and sums up the whole story. It shows that the play is not solely about love but also a lot of hatred is involved in the play. However, as the quotation suggest, the play is “more” to do with the power of love. There are many different types of love explored; you can see representations of bawdy love; sexual love; romantic love; family love; brotherly love and motherly and fatherly love....   [tags: Papers]

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True Love in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- True Love in Twelfth Night        Unlike the other characters in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", Viola's feelings of love are genuine. She is not mistaken about Orsino's true nature and loves him for who he really is, while the other characters in the play seem to be in love with an illusion. Viola's love for Orsino does not alter during the play, nor is it transferred to another person.   Viola, alone in a strange land, disguises herself as a man in order to gain access to Duke Orsino's palace....   [tags: Shakespeare Twelfth Night Essays]

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Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

- Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare There are various types of love shown in the play Romeo and Juliet. Many characters in the play portray theses. The most obvious one would be the romantic love of Romeo and Juliet. But it is important not to forget about the other types of love as well. These are parental, courtly bawdy and mercenary love. Shakespeare centers the play on the romantic love of Romeo and Juliet. I think he has the most to tell us about this type of love out of all the various types....   [tags: Free Romeo and Juliet Essays]

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Themes of Love In William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

- ... Beatrice continues to ask questions about Benedick, she's clearly concerned about his welfare but she pretends to not care and be unconcerned. Now, on one hand we have that deep, realistic and enduring love. On the other hand there is Hero and Claudio who have no previous history. Claudio is immediately attracted to Hero, and he confesses to his comrade Benedick that he is in love and he has barely spoken to her. I've come to the conclusion that Claudio, due to the fact that he has just met Hero and has not even had a conversation with her, the reasons he is “in love” with her is purely for her outer beauty, innocence and the want to marry into a noble wealthy family....   [tags: relationship, trust, romance]

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The Contrasted Attitudes to Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- The Contrasted Attitudes to Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In the play, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare shows two main attitudes to love. The courtly, fairy tale love among people of high social class, for example Duke Orsino's attitude to love, and there is the 'earthy', realistic and physical love among the middle and lower class, like the love between Sir Toby and Maria. Shakespeare parallels the idealized love with earthy love, and between these are expressed the attitudes to love of Olivia, Viola and Feste....   [tags: Papers]

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The Pursuit of Love in The Miller’s Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales

- The Miller’s Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is a story about a carpenter and his wife, and the two clerks who are pursuing her love. The two clerks were infatuated with the carpenter’s wife, and they employed peculiar strategies in an attempt to capture her attention and ultimately her affection. The two clerks used plans that revolved around religious doctrines and axioms as a tactic of establishing their pursuit as credible. Their use of religion is the reason for the success or failure of all three male characters’ objectives....   [tags: religion, flood, carpenter]

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Parody on Chaucer

- Chaucer’s book The Canterbury Tales presents a frame story written at the end of the 14th century. It narrates the story of a group of pilgrims who participate in a story-telling contest that they made up to entertain each other while they travel to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. Because of this, some of the tales become particularly attractive for they are written within a frame of parody which, as a style that mocks genre, is usually achieved by the deliberate exaggeration of some aspects of it for comic effect....   [tags: love, mocking, exaggeration]

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Nature and Love in the Poetry of Dafydd ap Gwilym

- Nature and Love in the Poetry of Dafydd ap Gwilym Essay is 1550 words in length Dafydd ap Gwilym has been acclaimed as the greatest poet of the Welsh language. As Rachel Bromwhich commented, Dafydd’s life "coincided miraculously in both time and place with an unprecedented opportunity to mate the new with the old" (Brom 112). Perhaps "mate" is a more appropriate choice of words here than Rachel intended. As his poetry depicts, Dafydd tried to mate a great many things in his time; the man is immortalized as a ball of raging hormones....   [tags: Poetry]

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Shakespeare's As You Like It - The Romantic Love of Silvius and Phebe

- As You Like It: The Romantic Love of Silvius and Phebe There are several types of love depicted in Shakespeare's As You Like It. One variety of love portrayed in this comedy is romantic love, the romantic literary ideal which became popular in the Middle Ages. According to the courtly love tradition a lover worships his lady and serves her, suffers all sorts of indignities for her sake, and thinks only of her. He must be loyal to her for life, no matter how badly she treats him, or how much he suffers for unrequited love....   [tags: Shakespeare As You Like It Essays]

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The Variety of Ways in Which Chaucer Treats the Subject of Love

- Write an essay on the variety of ways in which Chaucer treats the subject of love. Within ten stories in the Canterbury Tales, men and women on the way to, or in marriage provide the ostensible subject, with six tales expounding largely on love and its counterpart in marriage. In comic tales, sexual activity is constantly relished, especially in the Miller’s Tale and the Reeve’s Tale, where love is defined and motivated by animalistic physical desire and relationships clouded with lies and deceit....   [tags: English Literature]

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Love and Marriage in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Love and Marriage in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Love and marriage are key themes that run throughout "Romeo and Juliet". The opinions of these two topics differ from each character. Shakespeare based "Romeo and Juliet" on an earlier poem by Arthur Brooke, "Romeus and Juliet". The opinions of the authors about the subjects of love and marriage differ and it is shown in their writing. Brooke condemned the conduct of Romeo and Juliet in a prose address at the beginning of his book, describing them as: "A couple of unfortunate lovers, thralling themselves to unhonest desire, neglecting the authority and advise of parents…attempting all adventures of pe...   [tags: Papers]

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Different Types of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Different Types of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In Romeo and Juliet, love is an integral theme and there is many representations of love; family love, courtly love, sexual love, and most importantly; the love between Romeo and Juliet. By comparing their love to others, we can see just how committed the star-crossed lovers are. We first see examples of sexual love when Sampson and Gregory are talking at the very beginning of the play. They are coarse and vulgar, making jokes about the male sexual organs and raping women....   [tags: Papers]

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The Representation of Love and Marriage in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- The Representation of Love and Marriage in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In this essay I am going to examine love and marriage and the way it is presented in the play 'Romeo and Juliet'. William Shakespeare is one of the most famous writers in British history. During Shakespeare's time, attitudes to love and marriage were very different to the ways we are used to today. Love is presented as an intense and overwhelming force in the story and different forms of love are presented....   [tags: Papers]

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Aspects of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Aspects of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet 'Aspects of Love': Discuss the various forms of love that are present in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". It's a cliché to say that Romeo and Juliet is the greatest love story ever told. People say this because it is the most famous love story told and the play has various aspects of love and not only one. Even the phrase 'the greatest love story ever told' was used as a tagline for the recent Baz Luhrmann film. The prologue is full of violent and negative language e.g....   [tags: Romeo and Juliet Essays]

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Views on Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- Views on Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Twelfth Night was written in the …… century, by the renowned author, William Shakespeare as one of his comedic plays. It is now one of his most famous works and has been made into several films. The story explores the ups and downs of love and relationships, covering everything from intimate ones, to sexual ones, to friendly ones. In Act 1, Scene 1, the Duke Orsino, who is infatuated with Lady Olivia, and will later become involved in a love triangle with her and Viola (Cesario) is in a his palace mourning his love for Olivia....   [tags: Papers]

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Love in Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado about Nothing

- Many of Shakespeare's plays show a strong theme of love. Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing deal primarily with the issue of true and false love. Romeo and Juliet, tragic play, is about two lovers who struggle, sacrifice, and defy their families and society for the sake of love that changes them completely. Although the end of Romeo and Juliet's story is death both of the lovers, their love turns to be immortal. Much Ado About Nothing, comedy play, is about two lovers who their relationship starts as child like and develops to be true love that motives the lovers to sacrifice in order to keep their love....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Aspects of Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

- Aspects of Love in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare There are many different views on love in the play. Love portrayed by different characters at different times in the play, some characters show more than one type of love. The first type of love shown is sexual or physical love. It is the most basic form of love; this is shown by Sampson and Gregory it reduces everything to sex. Sampson says, "I will push Montague's men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall"; this means that he will rape them because of his hate for the Montague's not for the love of the woman....   [tags: Free Romeo and Juliet Essays]

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The Theme of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- The Theme of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet “Romeo and Juliet” is one of the most famous love stories ever. Love is the important theme in this tale. There are many different types of love inside the play and these all play a huge part in this tale. Sexual Love, takes many forms, in this play it takes the form of lust. We see this in Gregory and Sampson’s initial feuding. Here we see love represented in crude, sexual innuendoes that portray it as a physical thing, with no emotion....   [tags: Papers]

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The Different Aspects of Love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- The Different Aspects of Love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', contains different aspects of love between Romeo and Juliet, such as bawdy love, infatuation and love at first sight. Shakespeare starts the play with sexual innuendos, word plays, puns, references to male and female genitalia, aggression and sexual activities. The men are making jokes and fantasies about young love. They pull each other's leg and boast about their sexual fantasies. Shakespeare uses crude language and characters into his play to get the audience gripped to the play, to get them interested and wanting them to know what is going to happen next....   [tags: Papers]

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Themes of Love and Hate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Themes of Love and Hate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet, one of the most famous plays of all time, is so because of the combination of doomed love and troubled hate that plights the destiny of the two "star-crosse'd lovers". Before Act 1 Scene 5, love has already been displayed in many forms. Romeo shows an almost courtly love for Rosaline where he is to pursue her until he can win her. In contrast to this the nurse and the servants give a much more informal, bawdy presentation of love, perhaps this is because it is the only type of love they have the experienced....   [tags: Papers]

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Attitudes Toward Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Attitudes Toward Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet I am going examine and discuss the characters attitudes towards love and arranged marriages in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. In the 15th century in Verona, Italy where 'Romeo and Juliet' is supposed to have been set, the attitudes to arranged marriages, where that it was the normal and it was performed to maintain social classes. The plot of this story is around a family feud between the Capulet family and the Montague family....   [tags: Papers]

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How Shakespeare Presents the Falling in Love of Ferdinand and Miranda

- How Shakespeare Presents the Falling in Love of Ferdinand and Miranda The concept of the relationship between Miranda and Ferdinand is one of the fundamental aspects of the play. In relation to the plot itself, the eventual idea that the pair will eventually end up together is part of Prospero's 'big plan', as it were. Shakespeare not only presents their falling in love and relationship as an important part of the make up of his play, but also uses the two characters to bring up a number of different concepts and themes, in addition to showing the audience the internal struggle Prospero faces and as a means to look more closely at the character of the 'protagonist...   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Love and Marriage in Canterbury Tales, Lanval, Faerie Queene, and Monsieur's Departure

- Love and Marriage in Canterbury Tales, Lanval, Faerie Queene, and Monsieur's Departure Medieval and Renaissance literature develops the concepts of love and marriage and records the evolution of the relation between them. In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Christian love clashes with courtly love, as men and women grapple with such issues as which partner should rule in marriage, the proper, acceptable role of sex in marriage, and the importance of love as a basis for a successful marriage. Works by earlier writers portray the medieval literary notion of courtly love, the sexual attraction between a chivalric knight and his lady, often the knight's lord's wife....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Romantic Love in Marie de France’s Poem, Lanval

- Romantic Love in Marie de France’s Poem, Lanval In her poem "Lanval," Marie de France shares a fantasy with her readers, telling the tale of a mysterious woman who journeys from a distant land to be with Lanval, a dishonored knight of King Arthur's Round Table. Marie's portrayal sets Lanval's mistress apart from the maidens and ladies in waiting at King Arthur's court, as she eclipses even Queen Guenever. Much like an editor of a modern woman's fashion magazine, Marie targets her audience of mostly aristocratic twelfth-century women....   [tags: Marie de France Lanval Essays]

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