October 20, 2013
In reading classic British literature a theme has come across of forbidden love and the perils it holds. Forbidden love harms those who wield it and sometimes it even harms those the love is aimed at. Forbidden love, also known as “fals amor,” is shown in pieces like “Morte Darthur” or “The Franklin’s Tale,” from “The Canterbury Tales.” The forbidden love shown in these tales is always were one person is married and the other is not. “The Franklin’s Tale,” “Morte Darthur,” and “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” all reveal how forbidden love will end tragically.
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This love is still forbidden though because it is between a married woman and a man who is not her husband. To protect their love Lancelot kills Sir Agravain, a fellow knight (“Morte Darthur,” page 444). Guinevere is then put on trial for her crimes against the kingdom and Lancelot rescues her killing Sir Gaheris and Sir Gareth in the process. Sir Gaheris and Sir Gareth were Lancelot’s friends but in his battle to free Guinevere they are killed by him. The Round Table is now no more and will never be again. That is not the end of their tragic and deadly love, however. King Arthur is pressured to go to battle with Lancelot to take revenge for the killing of his knights. As he does so Sir Mordred attempts to take over Camelot causing Arthur to retreat to deal with him. Sir Mordred and King Arthur end up killing each other. Guinevere shortly after hearing the news dies in a nunnery. Lancelot, now a monk, buries Guinevere and starves himself to death for his betrayal of Arthur and to his part in the destruction of Camelot.
These two works show more of the extremes of...