Homosexuality And Virtue In The Princesse De Lafayette

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The Princesse de Cleves written by Madame de Lafayette whose main object of analysis is morals. It talks about ethical issues, behavior about sin and virtue in which a person can fall into even if their intensions are the best. The passage we will be discussing happens very early in the novel. In it the princesse de Cleves (Mlle de Chartes) first arrives at the French Court. A place where there are beautiful women everywhere Mlle de Chartes turned heads as soon as she walked in. But she isn’t all looks, her mother after the death of her husband left the court and during this time devoted her life to the education of her daughter. She instilled upon her values of virtue and love. She tells her about men’s insincerity and infidelity and the …show more content…
Modern ideas about the importance of sex diminish drastically the importance of virginity and the romanticization of fidelity which were a part of it. Easy divorce robs the concept of some of its more exalted aspects--few people expect "happily ever after." Psychiatrists counsel that it is a mistake to expect one other person to fulfill all one's emotional needs and blame many break-ups on excessively high expectations for romance. Most of the fictional romantic couples of the 18th and 19th centuries would be diagnosed as neurotic co-dependents today. Being willing to die for love is distinctly out of fashion (which I believe it shouldn’t be). Feminists have criticized the romantic ideal as damaging women, idealizing thrilling but unstable, unsupportive men and counseling them to damaging self-sacrifice. The instability of modern marriage combined with the enormous lengthening of the modern life span has also made people more distrustful of love at first sight. People are much more pragmatic about their demands for a suitable partner. Hence our ancestors would probably judge us as hopelessly incapable of true love, just was we may judge them as emotionally disturbed. We still speak the language of romantic love, echoing those long-ago poets, but few of us live

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