Criseyde's Two Half Lovers.

Author / Editor
Renoir, Alain.

Criseyde's Two Half Lovers.

Orbis Litterarum 16 (1961): 239-55.

Assesses Criseyde's character in light of Carl Jung's theory of the nature of love as a "result of the incomplete human soul seeking its complement"—the "anima" seeking its "animus." Troilus's failure to act disappoints Criseyde's courtly expectations, and his "weaknesses are precisely the same as hers," while her "reluctance to act" leads to her betrayal with Diomede and her tragic Christian fall.

Chaucer Subjects
Troilus and Criseyde