Summary: The Lais Of Marie De France

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Marie De France is a French author whose work is widely known and respected. The literary world credits her with four works: “The Lais of Marie de France (a collection of twelve short narrative poems not unlike shortened versions of romances), the one hundred and two "Ysopet" fables, a retelling of the Legend of the Purgatory of St. Patrick, and, most recently, a saint 's life called La Vie seinte Audree about Saint Audrey of Ely” (www.princeton.edu).
Looking at her collection of Lais, we know that a lai or lay is a narrative poem, a song, ballad or melody, commonly written in eight syllables with six to sixteen rhymed stanzas. The principal theme of her lais is love. Her poems show different perceptions of love; extramarital
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Both have positions of supremacy in the political process of their countries. Encouraged to marry, unquestionably needed to stabilize their government, and to assure that proper succession takes place. Both men are socially, and politically unproductive and refuse to take a wife. The heroes experience the typical physical and mental issues of love, once wounded they plunge into situations of irrationality. Both heroes engage in adulterous relationships. Equitan’s mental misperception that he can share the married woman with her husband is certainly questionable. Nonaggression is Equitan’s style while engaging in his affair. Realizing that timing their meetings, with the regular flow of normal events were necessary. Guigemar is just the opposite; being bold and irresponsible, he engages in an affair in the bedroom of the married woman. At first sight, the reasons why the heroes do not function in society are only superficially different. Equitan yields his authority to the steward because he passes his time hunting, jousting, and engaging in many short-lived relationships with women. Guigemar, however similarly hunts and jousts, but has no interest in sexual matters. The lack of the pursuit of pleasure causes his ineffectiveness. However, both heroes are equally unaware of the powers, of the red deer and are unmindful of their destiny. The …show more content…
The discovery of the affair results in Guigemar being sent away. She leaves to search for him and Lord Meriaduc captures her. The lovers recognize each other by the symbols. The lovers are together again after Guigemar assaults and kills Lord Meriaduc. Looking at Equitan, the king falls in love with his steward beautiful wife and they become lovers. She makes his promise never to marry, until she becomes available, if her husband dies. She devises a plan to kill her husband in a tub of boiling bath water with Equitan aid. The steward catches them in bed together and Equitan inadvertently jumps into the tub of boiling water and dies. The steward tosses his wife in beside Equitan and she dies also (www.mockingbird.creighton.edu). At first sight, the reasons why the heroes do not function in society are only superficially different. Equitan yields his authority to the steward; because he passes his time hunting, jousting, and engaging in many short-lived relationships with women. Guigemar enjoys similarly hunts and jousts, but has no interest in sexual matters. The lack of the pursuit of these

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