Sex And Death In Oroonoko And Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Analysis

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Sex and Death in Oroonoko and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
“The goal of all life is death” – Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920)
It is a commonly known fact that human beings cannot avoid paying attention to two things: sex and death (Weinschenk). It is these two things are what connect us all, as a species, regardless of gender or race or time period. In every piece of literature, film, art, music, or theatre, there is either sex or death; the inextricable link and inescapable fact of the giving and taking of life. This circle of life and death has been referenced by many philosophers and critics over the years, most famously Freud, who developed the theory of Eros and the death drive (later referred to as Thanatos, to complement Eros); the idea that all human beings desire sex and death in almost equal measure. This constant cycle of creating and destroying life
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the reader is presented with Lady Bertilak as a pinnacle of assertive female sexuality. Lady Bertilak’s most powerful scenes are during her attempted seduction of Sir Gawain, where her mental prowess is fully evidenced through her manipulation of the traditional codes of courtly love to get what she wants; in this situation, Sir Gawain. “The co-occurrence of three seduction scenes with three hunting scenes” is often referenced by critics, who suggest there has to be some correlation between the two. Whilst J. D. Burnley goes on to note that the result of

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