Saturday, June 03, 2006

Module 3 Reading Assignment 2

Assignment 1: In the stories of Marie deFrance and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight both have elements of courtly love. Both of the knights fall in love with a woman that is superior to them. For Marie deFrance the tales of desire is driving by a motiviating force which is a woman's power. The queen betray's her king and porfesses her love for Lanval. When he rejects her, she accuses him of being and homosexual. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a true story of courtly love. He accepts the advances that the queen is making on him. The lady is higher is status than he is. He admires her beauty and even though she is taken and unable to have. He is full with desire for her but he knows that nothing will ever happen.

Assignment 2: Lanval is another example of courtly love. Instead of a man wantign something that he can not have it is a woman. The Queen despieses Lanval. This pure hatred causes him to become poor. The Queen is corrupt becuase she goes behind her King's back and tells Lanval that she loves him and wants to be with him. That is also an immoral thing for her to do. She has someone that loves her and she goes and tells someone else that she is in love with them. This story i feel is based solely on the sexuality of men and women. It is most evident when Lanval rejects the advances that the Queen is trying to make and she calls him a homosexual. She does not want to except the fact that he doesn't want to love him so she questions his sexuality.

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