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Websters dictionary defines the word lovesick as an adjective used to describe one that is disconsolate because of unrequited love Gottfried von Strassburg writes his romance Tristan for a lovesick audience In his introduction Gottfried notes that anyone who has been in love will rejoice in reading about the love of others Gottfrieds definition of the term lovesick however is different and more in-depth than simply unrequited love The story tells of the great love of not only Tristan and Isolde but also of Tristans parents Rivalin and Blancheflor Both of these lovesick pairs act in certain ways out of their lovesickness They are disloyal and deceitful Their happiness and very lives depend on the presence of their lovers Both of these lovesick pairs come to sadly tragic endings due to their lovesickness The definition of Gottfrieds lovesickness can be found by examining the four lovers actions as a result of this infliction One way to examine what Gottfried means by lovesick is to look at the affecteds actions For example one characteristic of these persons is their tendency to abandon everyone and everything except for the object of their affection Blancheflor in her passion for Rivalin leaves behind her brother King Mark and all of the people of her country to be with Rivalin When Blanchefor is presented with the choice of Rivalin leaving her or her accompanying him to his country she immediately chooses the latter without hesitation She spends no time dwelling on the fact that she will be leaving everyone she knows and loves behind Her love for Rivalin gives her no option but to follow him Perhaps an even better example of the lovesicks need to be with the one they love is Tristan and Isoldes episode in the lovers cave When King Mark tells Tristan and Isolde to leave his court because he is tired of the dishonor they bring him they readily comply They make no protest
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