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Addicted to Love In Gottfried Von Strassburgs retelling of the ancient romance Tristan loves portrayal as a psychological disease is considerable For Rivalin and Blancheflor Tristan and Isolde and also King Mark the affliction causes them to act in a way that they would normally shun Love changes the perspective on life of those who become intoxicated by its power whether its shared as a couple or entirely unreciprocated the lust to attain and secure its presence is consuming Loves torment of Tristan and Isolde is a sweet torment that noble lovers endure Grieves are shared blessings are doubled and embraces are electrifying on both the physical and emotional levels One sided love is a hell like no other Here passions of the heart will override the sensibilities of the mind This agony filled state is where Marks resides This theme of unreturned love is as relevant today as it is in Gottfrieds time Marks perception of the world mentally and even at times physically is greatly skewed by loves drunken haze Broken on the wheel of love Marks heart is tortured until he confesses that Isolde is unfaithful then just as cruel he is fooled into believing she is his This repeated scenario of torture is by far the highest tragedy in the romance The climax of the abuse is when Mark questions his own senses after the discovery of the couple copulating in the garden Blinded by the violent inebriation of amour he disavows empirical proof of Isoldes betrayal While through the omnipotent narration the reader sees that Isolde never loves Mark the king is nevertheless betrayed First of course he betrays himself All indication points to the affair His heart is not a friend at this point for Mark Isoldes betrayal goes beyond betrayal of the state the real issue is that of betraying the heart It is only through this betrayal that love is able to rape Marks psyche
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