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Would the knight in Keats' "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" agree or disagree with the modern...

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julieashley1 | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 16, 2008 at 4:46 PM via web

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Would the knight in Keats' "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" agree or disagree with the modern saying, "It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"? Is he better off without "the beautiful woman"? Does he deserve what he gets?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted September 16, 2008 at 8:09 PM (Answer #2)

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In the long-term, the knight would most likely believe that it is better to have loved than not at all; however, during the Middle Ages, women were often characterized as being evil, deception, and seductive, often "ruining" men in their wakes.  On the other hand, women were also held up on a pedestal and worshipped.  This is extremely interesting to me because there was such hypocrisy about women during this time period.  The knight was naive and most likely has learned a valuable lesson.  

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