“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible- it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.” --Barbara de Angelis
Love is a very tangible thing. It can be easily manipulated, and it has no boundaries. It works alongside many different feelings such as respect, and passion, and comes in many different forms. Some say it is the one thing a person needs to survive; others call it a drug so toxic that nothing can stop the addiction. True love however is something that is very rare, and when it is found, it cannot be stopped. Love is magic, love is truth, but most importantly, love is happiness.
In Excalibur, many different types of love existed. There was the love of family for one; Arthur really loved his father Ector and his brother Kay, and they returned that love and respect. “At first [I did so] because I feared Merlin, but later because I loved you.” The love of family is the strongest. You may love other people or things, but they might not be by your side forever. Family will always be there for you. They are the first people you know and see in this world, and that makes them all the more special. You would do anything for them, and they you. You may not love everything about them, but they are the ones you respect the most.
Another form of love is romantic love. This love has many faces and two sides. To truly experience this love, both sides need to be working. An example is the love between Arthur and Guinevere. Sometimes both of them loved each other, but sometimes only one loved the other. Arthur, for example “must be king first” before husband and Guinevere loved Arthur “as king and sometimes as husband”. They loved each other, but not at the same time. It was like he loved her, then she loved him, and so on, and so forth. Their love simply didn’t match up. That is what caused their relationship to fall apart; that and the fact that Lancelot and Guinevere loved each other and had a not-so-secret secret relationship behind his back. When she and Arthur were getting married, Lancelot told Guinevere “I will love you always; I will love you as my queen and the wife of my best friend. And while you live, I will love no other.”
Lust is a form of love too. True love? No, but it is on the spectrum. Lust is the love of someone’s body, and the need to get hold of them. Guinevere and Lancelot’s relationship was based on lust. It overcame all their senses, and blinded them. It drove them so far as to go over the limits of courtly love; the love between a knight and a married noble woman. Once Lancelot...