Thursday, April 21, 2011

Some questions:

Why does rape result in the birth of a king? Why does the figure we so often compare to Gandalf concoct such a scheme?

How can Lancelot have an affair with the queen and claim loyalty to Arthur? Why doesn't somebody tell Arthur sooner? Why is it the "bad guy" who finally reports them? How can knights under King Arthur side with anyone besides the king in such a case?

Why is there so much sex?

These days the Catholic Church seems opposed to any sexual activity besides procreational intercourse between a husband and wife. Mallory was Catholic.

Were the tenants of the Catholic Church different in the fifteenth century? Did Mallory have a subtle message about such things that I missed? Was Mallory unconcerned with writing "morality?" That is, was the book simply amoral? Or was Mallory simply keeping with the spirit of the French book?

The moral and spiritual elements seem so opposed to Tolkien's work.


Luthien said...

Although this is a little bit different, I can't help but think of what I learned about the Crusades in another class... even though the crusaders and their leaders did some truly horrendous things, the Church (or at least the pope and its major leaders) were behind them all the way. So, perhaps morality was just interpreted differently back then, before - for instance - the Bible was available for the common man to read for himself.

Theodred said...

Perhaps the Catholic Church did have different views at that time, especially towards morality and the type of sins that could be repented for. As for the difference from Tolkien's work, I agree with the idea that was mentioned a few times in class: that some of the characters in Lord of the Rings represent characters in King Arthur as Tolkien believes they should have been.