Presentation on theme: "By: Olivia Spoon. Research Question Bradley’s retelling depicts how the issue of chivalry, masculinity, and the patriarchal system supported in Middle."— Presentation transcript:
Bradley’s retelling depicts how the issue of chivalry, masculinity, and the patriarchal system supported in Middle Ages Christianity influences the women of the Arthurian narrative (McClain, 197). Analysis
Mists of Avalon can be best understood as a feminist retelling of the Arthurian narrative that depicts the effects of the culture clash between patriarchal and matriarchal societies. Analysis
Arthur’s conception Arthur’s rise as King Formation of round table Lancelot/Gwenhwyfar Camelot’s fall Igraine Viviane/Morgaine Morgaine Gwenhwyfar Morgaine
Christianity Domineering religion that requires belief in one God Affirms patriarchal society Marriage Religious leaders Worship Avalon (Celtic) Open religion that affirms many gods Affirms matriarchal society Marriage Religious leaders Worship
Critique of Christianity Patricius (Camelot’s most powerful Christian priest) His fundamentalism and misogyny forcefully removes the influence of Celtic tradition and abuses the female characters Critique of Celtic religion Viviane (also called Lady of the Lake and High Priestess of Avalon) Her loyalty to the Mother Goddess and Avalon causes her to use family without considering their feelings or emotional suffering
Bradley’s juxtaposition of matriarchal and patriarchal traditions calls for coexistence of both traditions, rather than the two warring against one another. Conclusion
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