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ENGB31

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English
Course
ENGB31
Professor
Natalie Rose
Semester
Winter

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ENGB31_jan21 Le Morte d’Arthur  Love in chaps. 1-3: “So, for the love of King Mark, did Tristan conquer the Queen of the Hair of Golf.” - Reine, vous crier merci, afin que vous apaisiez le roi.” Elle trmble et pleure. Mais Tristan loue le Seigneur Dieu, qui a montré le peril à son amie. “Oui rien, je vous ai mandee souvent et toujours en vain: jamais, depuis que le  The Potion: narrative function and conceptual implications?  “Love pressed them hard, as thirst presses the dying stag to the stream; love dropped upon them from high heaven, as a hawk slipped after long hunger falls right upon the bird” o the potion its given to the wrong people o gets its power from the fact that it is breaking the chivalric bond o love has nothing to do with marriage  new space and relationship of a personal aspect that has nothing to do with the court or chivalric bonds   The avowal: dynamics and implications? o Trembling each for their first vowel  The potion is “an alibi for passion” (Denis de Rougement, Love in the Western World)  “OIn courtly love a metaphorical power replaces real social status”  Unlawful love: How does the story deal with adultery? o “[M]en seet his and that outward thing, but God alone the heart, and in the heart alone is crime and the sole final judge is God. Therefore did He lay down the law that a man accused might uphold his cause by battle, and God himself fights for the innocent in such a combat.” o Difference between personal love and social love o God is working in a newly, personal and technical way in the story  Technical: they have to carefully claim what they are innocent of  Iseult has to get Tristan so have him to hold her  Precise parameters of their love story  “lie that I love her unlawfully”   “he loved loyally”  whether his love were disloyalty”  I am ready, my lord, to sustain in arms against all comers that never had the Queen for me, nor I for her a love dishonourable to you” o Not dishonourable for Mark because they had to because of the potion but distinct from the law  “the sword here between them, and throughout Christendom men know the sign”  “For all the time that they have lived together in this wood, had it been with a mad love that they loved each other, would they have placed this sword between them? Does not all the world know that a naked sword between two bodies is the proof and the guardian of chastity? If they loved each other with mad love, would they lie here so purely?” o the sword is very symbolic: with swords drawn and jousting for su
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