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    is not bound to the social constraints as other women are. By taking on the traits typical to that of a man she is washing away her femininity and opens herself up to becoming sexless and inhuman to the eyes of others. Going into Lanval, sexuality is a common theme and device used throughout the story. The way sexuality is portrayed and effects how the story and its female characters are viewed by the reader and other characters as well. Sexuality is apparent among the two main female characters: Lanval’s lover (who will be referred to as ‘the Lady’ from now on) and the Queen. In the time Marie de France’s Lanval was written, sexuality was something that was simply not discussed openly. “These themes (sexuality and identity) go beyond the normal realm of discussion for Marie de France’s time period, and what makes them standout even more is that a woman is the one putting these ideas into her writing.” (Malyssa Gee, Sexuality and Identity in Marie de France’s Lanval) It is certainly a rarity among the time period (late 1100s) that a woman would be writing such a story with such themes and concept. Marie de France’s Lanval offered a great and new insight into female sexuality and the way women treated and viewed their own sexuality as a whole. Lanval offers a great contrast once again between the portrayal of sexuality and behavior among women as shown through the Lady and Queen Guinevere. When the lady is first introduced in the story she is said to be “dressed only in her…

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    Femininity In Lanval

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    Change is inevitable. This fact remains true when examining literature from the Anglo-Norman, Medieval, and Early Renaissance eras. Throughout these times, femininity is a common thread interlaced into every story and sonnet. Marie de France: Lanval, The Canterbury Tales, Amoretti and Sonnet 130 all illustrate the paradigm shift in empowerment of women. Marie de France: Lanval, is an Anglo-Norman story following the life of an envied knight detailing his service and demise under King Author.…

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    Lanval Essay

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    The Unexpected Dimensions of “Lanval” The time period spanning from the fall of Rome in the fifth century all the way to the end of the fifteenth century is what most refer to as the Middle Ages. This period in time lasted nearly a thousand years and with it many great works of literature came about. Some which are still studied in the modern day. These works were passed down orally from one generation to the next as many were illiterate, books at the time were mainly written in Latin, and only…

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    Lai Of Lanval Analysis

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    men. The Lai of Lanval scribed by Marie de France tells such a story, documenting the knight’s honor and faithfulness. The tale also weaves in a sense of reward for loyalty and humbleness, as Lanval is rewarded for his actions by an other worldly source. Lanval of Arthur’s knights is respected in his community but not so by his peers. It is not entirely clear why this is but there is mention that he is of royal blood which could be a factor. There may be a sense of jealousy or perhaps the…

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    The way sexuality is portrayed and effects how the story and its female characters are viewed by the reader and other characters as well. Sexuality is apparent among the two main female characters: Lanval’s lover (who will be referred to as ‘the Lady’ from now on) and the Queen. In the time Marie de France’s Lanval was written, sexuality was something that was simply not discussed openly. “These themes (sexuality and identity) go beyond the normal realm of discussion for Marie de France’s time…

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    Lay Of Lanval Analysis

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    Romantic love is a significant theme in Marie de France’s Lay of Lanval and The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu. Both novels center on the romance of courtly love, however, Lanval concentrates on the love for one lady, while The Tale of Genji is a search for the perfect lady. Lanval’s acts of love are honor and secrecy, until the queen angers him into spilling the secret of his true love. Since the beginning of time, men and women have committed many different acts in the name of love.…

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    They agree to an arrangement that she will appear whenever Lanval calls her when he is alone, but he must not tell anyone about her or she will no longer see him. However, when Queen Guinevere attempts to seduce him, Lanval breaks his promise by saying that he has a lover more beautiful than the queen. The queen was furious and so told the king it was Lanval who tried to seduce and rape her. A trial was held to determine whether Lanval was guilty. He was ready to die when his faerie lover came…

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    Gawain & The Green knight and Lanval the authors use Lady Bertilak and Queen Guinevere to bring up the question of how both lanval and Gawain are knights because if they where knights they should be courting, flirting and crossing boundary’s and how this reflects on there trothed and keeping their word as antithetical to acting virtuously. In Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, The lady Bertilak goes to Gawain room and asks him to sleep with her; this is crucial because in being a good knight he…

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    and unilaterally, humanity seeks the same core goals. For the clear majority of us, the recipe for happiness is quite simple. A pinch of love, and dash of faith in one’s own convictions make for a hearty, savory and wholesome life. In Marie de France’s lai’s Lanval and Yonec, our main characters appear to be both lacking these ingredients for reasons that, in majority, are out of their control. To fill this void, a solution may exist by improvising the recipe, and envisioning an answer by…

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    In Marie De France’s “Lanval”, It is interesting how, in spite of a woman’s common status as a tool toward greatness or moral poverty, the fairy queen is still technically a positive character because she raised Lanval to greatness, even though her interference in Lanval’s life appears to consume his personality and identity. In the beginning, Lanval does have some semblance of personality, indicated with the lines “For his valor, for his generosity, / his beauty and bravery” (21-22) which…

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