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Sudhir Kakar and John Munder Ross

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198072560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072560.001.0001

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The Conscience of the King

The Conscience of the King

(p.121) 6 The Conscience of the King
Tales of Love, Sex, and Danger

Sudhir Kakar

John Munder Ross

Oxford University Press

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

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