Idylls Jealousy

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Of all three works, it is Tennyson who is most clear with the purpose in his writing. Idylls is throughout a vessel of Victorian ideology, much as the other works were of the ideas of their time, but Tennyson uses this work to compare the Victorian ideals as with those of medieval Europe, both glorifying the ideas of love and Arthur as a person while demonizing the chaos that befell the court. Arthur takes on the role of unprevailed perfection that he did not have anywhere else, even though throughout the story he fails at tasks. This romantic view of the past echoes throughout Idylls and is often paired with the blaming of women for major issues in the work. As with the Mabinogi 's romances and Chretien 's works, Idylls contains a retelling of Geraint and Enid 's tale, here split into two parts - The Marriage of Geraint and Geraint and Enid (Idylls). Unlike the previous tellings, Geraint here jumps to the conclusion that Enid has a secret lover, and because of this his duties beginto suffer. While previous stories had this suffering of duties be the outcome of his intense love, here Geraint suffers for his jealousy and when in the second half they head out on the journey it is less a play by Geraint and more genuine anger at his wife. This is…show more content…
Lancelot is used in a similar manner to Arthur, being the “noblest” and “truest” knight of Arthur (Idylls – Gareth and Lynette), as well as “first intournament” and as such strong and skilled in battle (Idylls – The Coming of Arthur). Lancelot is of high moral character and of high nobility, and thus is a character to be admired and looked up to on a physical and moral level. On the other hand, as his relationship with Guenivere ‘corrupts’ him, he loses these traits and his position of the strongest knight in Arthur’s court (and is expelled from the court as well), leaving behind nobility and honor. In the end this affair is characterized as Lancelot’s fatal flaw and the sole reason why he is not the perfect
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