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The Conscience of the King

Sudhir Kakar and John Munder Ross

in Tales of Love, Sex, and Danger

Second edition

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072560
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082124 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072560.003.0006
The Conscience of the King

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The story of Tristan and Isolde has been retold many times, with various narrators exploiting the plight of lovers according to the place granted to Eros in their era and culture, thereby allowing for aesthetic and philosophical reinterpretations. With the tale of Tristan and Isolde at its centre, this chapter examines the ambivalence between fathers and sons, the qualities of regret, and the harsh pangs of conscience suffered because of increasingly unknown crimes of the heart. The chapter also looks at Hamlet, a tale of incest that is more about mysterious guilt than real remorse.

Keywords: Tristan and Isolde; fathers and sons; incest; Hamlet; fathers; sons; regret

Chapter.  10870 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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