Savagery In Maire De France's Lai Bisclavert

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In Maire de France’s lai Bisclavert, one has to accept the challenge of breaking previous perceptions of the image and stories of a werewolf. She also confronts the themes of chivalry and courtly love that again go against what the reader might expect. Marie focuses on telling a story that is based on peoples expectations but then reverses the savagery roles within the beast and other individuals within in the story. She creates a lai that clearly defines the human experience by highlighting the potential for good and evil that is immanent within every individual, while also focusing how other’s tend to help in trusting, loving, and or fearing that potential. Marie de France uses imagery, symbolism, allusions, and repetition to create a story that argues this beastly nature within every individual and challenges the readers to define what a life engrossed in chivalry and courtly love really means. Marie opens her lai by vividly describing what a werewolf is and gives the reader a little history in the nature of the beast. She clearly wants the reader to understand the reputation of what is to be the focus of her story. Marie states the beast’s savagery nature living in the woods and feeding on all sorts of creatures that include the eating of men. She uses this imagery to highlight and feed on what the reader already expects in a werewolf story. She clearly wants to reiterate the tales of such a beast and even goes further in stating how these stories have been passed

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