The Nature Of Love And Relationships Across The Many Works We Studied For This Course

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This paper will discuss the nature of love and relationships across the many works we studied for this course. Love can take many different forms, as we have learned this semester, and this drastically affects the dynamic of relationships across the board. This essay will explore female-dominated love, homosexual love, unrequited love and secret love and the affect this has on the characters relationships. Some relationships are quite strong and can withstand the specific dynamic their love has on the relationship; others not so much. Female-dominated love is a very different type of love. Counter-culture to the times in which these stories were written, this type of love is driven by the woman. She initiates the contact with the love interest and she kind of has the upper hand in the relationship. For example, in Marie de Frances Lanvil, the main character is summonsed by a lady to come to her pavilion. Once there, she proceeds to tell him: “sweet love, because of you I have come from my land; I came to seek you from far away…for I love you more than anything” (Martin Puchner 299). Of course, like any man, Lanvil could not believe his luck that such a beautiful and wealthy woman is pursuing him. He reciprocates his feels for her and pledges his undying love for her. She promises to keep him in the life of luxury and excess. In essence, she is emasculating him by dominating the relationship and doing the pursuing. “If Lanval 's mysterious lady is beautiful and

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