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Unformatted text preview: downfall in a way previously unnoticed by the reader. According to Freccero’s analysis, the passion elicited through reading was a “casting call for one more performance of Lancelot du Lac, in which…Paolo [is] a colorless stand-in for the greatest lover of the realm” (Freccero 32). Francesca’s reading is central to the major illusion with which she deludes herself. Her convoluted telling of Guinevere’s kiss brings the reader to the tense separation of romance and reality. Francesca blurs “gap separating the erotic fantasies of literature from their sometimes awkward re-enactment in real life,” and her fantasy of role-playing eventually ends her life and Davidson 2 condemns her to Hell. Francesca, infected by her reading, essentially worships an idol and the cult of romantic love. Francesca’s misguidance due to literature...
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- Spring '10
- Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart, Lancelot du Lac, TITLE John Freccero