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ESSAYMale-Female Relationships Found in Medieval Ballads There are many medieval ballads that contain male-female relationships However the ballads Edward Bonny Barbara Allen and Mattie Groves stand out because they all contain atypical male-female relationships The similarities the three ballads share in their male-female relationships are 1 there is always a conflict between the male and the female and 2 none of these relationships are representative of the ideal male-female relationship or marriage Although the male-female relationship in the ballad Edward revolves around a mother and a son their relationship is just as convoluted as the ones found in the other ballads Edward and his mother have a tense and stormy relationship which is highlighted through their conversations and interactions with each other Edwards tenseness towards his mother is shown through his replies to his mothers question why dois your brand sae drap wi bluid Instead of telling her the truth Edward is at first hesitant and lies to his mother by saying the blood on his sword is from hawk and then says it is actually from his horse Eventually Edward cracks due to his feelings of guilt and admits to his mother that he actually killed his father line 21 Expecting to find at least some sympathy and advice from his mother since it was the mother who gave Edward the idea of killing his father Edward instead is bombarded by a series of questions from his mother These questions make Edward angry especially since one of them is how is Edward going to show penance for his actions line 25 Even though it is Edwards mother who gives Edward the idea of murdering his father by interrogating Edward after the murder it is shown that she is clearly the person in charge of their relationship since she knows how to manipulate Edward The relationship between Edward and his mother is not an example of an ideal male-female relationship
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