Love's Labour's Lost Imagery

Love's Labour's Lost Imagery

Dead court

After the King and the other men signed the oath, they gave up women completely. The way the court is described after the men agreed to obey the King is important because it coincides with the men’s state of mind. The court is silent, sinister almost and lacking light. The absence of women didn’t thus affect only the men, but also the environment. It is clear to understand then that there is a strong relationship between the happiness, light and femininity and the description of the court highlights just that.

Women and illumination

Another image that further intensifies the idea that light follows women arises when Longaville describes one of the women in the Princesses entourage that caught his eye. When Longaville first sees her, he describes her as being drenched in light and having the power to illuminate the things around her.

Women as temptresses

In the play, women are portrayed in two different ways; they are either angelical figures or temptress capable of leading a man to his ruin. The image of women as temptress appears in the beginning of the play, when the men try to convince themselves that the logic and sane thing to do is to give up women. Their perception changes however as the play progresses and the men fall in love one by one with the women from the Princesses entourage.

A circle of fools

One of the most comic scenes in the play is when the King seeks the Princess at the same time the other noblemen seek out the other ladies they became infatuated with. One by one, they all hide as to not be seen by the next person arriving but in the end their efforts are futile as they all discover one another. After that, they start bickering about breaking the oath and the image created through this scene is both ironical and humorous.

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