This thesis examines the complicated network of deities and divine forces in Geoffrey Chaucer's “Troilus and Criseyde” and how these forces contribute to the lovers' tragic ends. The gods of Love and War—Venus, Cupid, Mars, and Minerva—are the central focus of this study, but Fortune and the Christian God are examined as well. I propose that both the beginning and end of the affair are brought about by the gods in order to punish Troilus or Criseyde for excessive pride.
|Commitee:||Donald, Hassler, Raybin, David|
|School:||Kent State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Medieval literature, British and Irish literature|
|Keywords:||Chaucer, Geoffrey, Deities, Divine forces|
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