The Representation Of The Love Triangle In

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The Representation Of The Love Triangle In Chaucer Essay, Research Paper The Representation of the Love Triangle in The Book of Duchess, The House of Fame and The Parliament of Fowls. The Book of the Duchess, The House of Fame and The Parliament of Fowls are the first three major works of the poet, Chaucer. Each of these poems is seemingly related to love. One view that reveals itself throughout the three poems is the human ability or inability to balance love on three levels, configured in a triangle as the love of God, man or woman, and country. Romantic or courtly love seems to be a downfall of the triangle for many of Chaucer?s characters, for example, the man in black in The Book of Duchess and the aristocratic birds in the Parliament of Fowls. Chaucer seems quite aware

of the problems associated with courtly love, which may be why he pinpoints romantic love as the specific subject of his poems. Ironically, Chaucer does not claim to know of romantic love from experience, yet he is well learned and cultured in the subject, most likely because of reading the works of Ovid and the Bible. Possibly, Chaucer is trying to alert his audience to the dangers of passionate love, which is very attractive, but also destructive and places its participants at odds with fate and society when it becomes the main focus or obsession. Christian views of sexual love, is seen as selfish and distracts from the love of the individual soul for God. However, courtly love is viewed as an aristocratic behavior that is elegant and graceful, glamorizing the basic needs of

reproduction. The act of courtly love is for the lover to plead for the women?s mercy and grace. The women is put upon a pedestal and treated as a goddess until she decides to grant him mercy, which leads to a sexual relationship. Nature has well designed the body to reproduce and want to reproduce, and we as humans have made this desire and natural process into a contest of who will win the best love. The best love is really about having sex with a woman that the man desires because of her beauty and or status. There is no substance or truth to courtly love because it was designed by the hand of man as a way to coerce the woman into having sex. Love of God, being the focal point of the triangle, is perfect because it is unconditional and pure in nature, always merciful and

forgiving. It centers the mind, body and soul by keeping truth at the heart of all matters, and gives tranquility and peace of mind to those who try to bring their lives into alignment with the life of Jesus Christ. Through devoting your life to God and being responsible to the duty of God?s will and plan for you, the promises of eternal life in heaven and freedom from sin await every Christian. The conflict that offsets the balance of the triangle is when the obsession with an object whether its God, romantic love, or duty to country dominates the mind. In The Book of Duchess, John of Gaunt or the man in black, is grieving over his wife, Blanche, who has died from the plague. His love for Blanche is so great that when she dies, he is blind of everything except for the sorrow and

despair he feels. He could not be grateful for the love he had with her or thankful she no longer had to suffer of any sickness caused by the plague. He becomes so selfish and full of pity that he wanted to die himself, for he says, ?Allas , deth, what ayleth the, That thou noldest have taken me? (480-483) It is a sorrowful matter to lose a loved one, but even more depressing when the lover left behind loses his self to the grief, and death becomes death. He becomes of no service to anyone, not God or himself, when he becomes so obsessed upon the loss of wife. The knight has gotten off balance in the triangle for his love for Blanche. He invested all of his hope and love into Blanche, worshiping her like God, and then finding himself in great pain when she dies, because he