ENGB31 Lecture Notes - Bedivere, Clang, Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory

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THE COMING OF ARTHUR
Arthur’s achievement
[H]e drave
The heathen; after, slew the beast, and fell’d
The forest, letting in the sun, and made
Broad pathways for the hunter and the knight
And so return’d. (58-62)
Blow trumpet! He will ift us from the dust.
Blow trumpet! Live the strength and die the lust!
Clang battleaxe, and clash brand! Let the King reign.
(490-92, emphasis added)
I beheld/ From eye to eye thro’ all their Order flash / A momentary
likeness of King” (268-70)
Sitting at the round table is like a secular church
The account of Arthur’s origins/ right to be king:
1. Bedivere
- “shameful swiftness”; “all before his time”
- p. 177 “’Sir, there be many rumours on this head:”;
Believes that king Arthur is not Uther’s son
- Arthur came premature
He has arrived early so they think that he is not
Uther’s child
Arthur being washed ashore: a metaphor of
childbirth
Hovering halfway: of the air and the sea; he is
more than man
Beyong human origine; being born from
nowhere
o Merlin’s victorious point: suggest that you take as you
will
You understand form your own subjective
position; what is your truth is not necessarily
someone else’s truth
2. Bellicent
- “fair/ Beyond the race of Britons and of men”
- Bleys’ account
- Merling’s “riddling triplets” : ”And truth
3. Leodegran’s dream
- The king stood out to heaven
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- Letting his daughter marry Arthur saying that he is a fit
king
he has born witness that he has experienced
Arthur’s God-given talents and right to be king
#120-140
4. Lancelot’s response
5.
Arthur and Guinevere
Guinevere
Stood by the castle walls to watch [Arthur] pass;
But since he neither wore on helm or shield
The golden symbol of his kinglihood,
But rode a simple knight […]
Their marriage is setup in different ways
The poetic form shows the passion and contrast
Why does Arthur want to marry Guinevere?
Contrast Malory.
How is marriage being presented and what is the key difference form
Malory
The focus is really on the spiritual reunion
o This is the fundamental to his rule and his success as a
ruler
o Not political aristocratical marriage in Malory
o Union of man and woman symbolizes the unity of
society
Shows the importance of unity
Union symbolizes the state harmony
May:
Far shone the fields of May thro’ open door,
The sacred altar blossom’d white with May,
The Sun of May descended on their King, (459-61)
Blow trumpet, for the world is white with May (481)
Blow, of our Sun is mighty in his May!
Blow, for our Sun is mightier day by day!” (496-7)
Summer turns to autumn, autumn turns to winter; day turns
to night
Inevitability to change is built in
Interlude of culture and civility
Tennyson’s story
Lady of the Lake
Naming Arthur the king
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