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Love has been a life driving force throughout the history of mankind Whether it is love of self or love of another it can be lost in desires that may seem unimportant to others but extremely important to you People identify themselves through what they have been taught their beliefs and their own personal strengths and weaknesses Unfortunately while love strengthens some it weakens others This is a particularly interesting subject for me because I have experienced both strength and weakness in love The character Orlando in Ariostos Orlando Furioso is intriguing in this aspect While he is the strongest character in this book he is also the weakest when he falls for the fair Angelica In this paper I will examine the difference between the love that strengthens Ruggiero and Bradamant and weakens the great knight Orlando Orlando is a knight who processes superior strength and courage He battles for Christianity against the Pagans for the great king Charlemagne He is the great victor over all his battles because he is blessed by God and is invulnerable to steel of any kind His mission for the king is interrupted by his obsession for the pagan beauty Angelica Like Samson from the bible he is weakened only by the love of a woman which he can never win We begin this story with Orlando who had been in love with Angelica for a long time He returns to find that Angelica is now a prize from the emperor Charles to Orlando or Rinaldo The victor is the man who slays the greatest number of pagans At this moment Angelica flees making Orlandos mission change to recovering Angelica We see this great hero now subject to a journey that will lead him nowhere Angelica has a very powerful effect on men She is beautiful and supposedly virginal making her the desired prize among men It seems the object of most men is more lustful than a
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