Love and Death in Tristan by Gottfried Von Strassburg’s

867 Words Jan 26th, 2018 4 Pages
One who admires another appears to feel something towards the person they are admiring and that feeling they have can lead into the feeling of love. Despite all of Love’s joy and excitement, Gottfried Von Strassburg’s Tristan and Thomas’ Tristan, reveals the way love overwhelms a person and the outcomes that happen when two lovers cannot be near or without each other. Love’s overwhelming feeling often associates with death, in that those in love are so consumed with emotion and the desire to be with their beloved that it can lead to their downfall. Even though the loves of Rivalin and Blancheflor and Tristan and Isolde/Ysolt are similar in ways, they also are different.
Both Rivalin and Blancheflor and Tristan and Isolde undergo the torments of love which lead to their demise. Both sets of lovers fall madly in love and give themselves up to their passion for one another with a disregard for consequences in a similar fashion. The episodes of “Rivalin and Blancheflor” and “the Love Potion” by Gottfried is very similar to the episode of “the death of Tristan and Ysolt” by Thomas. Both Rivalin and Blancheflor and Tristan and Isolde die yearning to be with one another. In Thomas version in the episode of “the death of Tristan and Ysolt,” Tristan’s death comes from an inflicted wound which can only be cure by his lover, Ysolt. Thomas states, “He longs for the coming of Ysolt, desiring nothing…