Analysis of The Mists of Avalon. By: Olivia Spoon. How does retelling the Arthurian narrative through a feminist perspective shift the themes and focus of King Arthur, his knights, and Camelot? . Research Question.
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By: Olivia Spoon
How does retelling the Arthurian narrative through a feminist perspective shift the themes and focus of King Arthur, his knights, and Camelot?
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).The Mists of Avalon
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.The Mists of Avalon
Open religion that affirms many gods
Affirms matriarchal society
Critique of Christianity
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.The Mistsof Avalon