The Knight In The Panther's Skin

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Throughout this Arts and Humanities course we’ve been learning about various different topics. We reviewed over each topic in class and thoroughly interpreted each and every one of them. Out of the eight topics we learned the three topics that intrigued me the most were The Knight in the Panther’s Skin by Shota Rustaveli, The Canterbury Tales, “the Wife of Bath’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer, and The Allegory of the Cave by Plato. The Knight in the Panther’s Skin by Shota Rustaveli is a tale about chivalry and courtly love. In this tale a knight talks about his concept of love and what it really means to be in love. He explains being in love as a deep passion and we must not confuse love for lust. His idea of love is intense which is causing him pain. He can’t talk about love and his sorrows so he just holds it within and it’s hurting him. For example, in the tale he mentions that the lover, “... when parted from his lady he should for ever be sighing; his heart must yearn for one and one only, though she be cruel and unkind. Love-making with no heart to it I find utterly hateful”. He’s saying that we should displace our emotions for the…show more content…
The knight in this tale marries an old hideous hag and he was begging her he would do anything else but be her husband for she unsightly and grotesque. The knight had no concept of women which is why he raped a maiden and which is why he can’t see past just appearances. What women desired most was, “the self-same sovereignty over her husband as over her lover…” Part of sovereignty is being intelligent and she persuaded the knight and soon his perception changed. He looked beyond her appearance and looked on the inside and this made her more attractive to him. Instead of seeing the old ugly hag he sees someone who is the opposite. True love is being attracted to not the appearance of a person but what’s inside the
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