Thursday, April 21, 2011
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.