The Mists Of Avalon: The Women Behind King Arthur Essay

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The Mists of Avalon: The Women Behind King Arthur

     The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley, is not only an example of a Medieval Romance, but also tells the story of the women who stood behind
King Arthur during his infamous reign in the Middle Ages. This novel explains the reasoning and decisions that Arthur made in the women's perspective. The
Mists of Avalon is a twist on the Arthurian tales as told by the four women instrumental to the story: Gwenhwyfar, his wife; Igraine, his mother; Viviane, the Lady of the Lake, High Priestess of Avalon; and his sister and lover, heiress to Avalon, Morgaine. The story is told by each, as they saw it happen.
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They also do not span over the entire life of a certain individual. This book contains the certain traits that a Medieval Romance contains. It has a heroine, in this case the female , Morgaine. It also contains the supernatural powers that were believed in during the Middle Ages. Also it has activity and adventure that the knights of the round table take part in. Though it is written in an entirely differently fashion than most Medieval Romances, I would consider it an example because over-all, it contains most of the important traits that those types of pieces contain. Even though,The Mists of Avalon also contradicts many of these typical traits that are commanly used/defined as writings of the Arthurian legends.
     The Mists of Avalon, as stated before, tells the story of the women behind Arthur's throne, but in a different way. In this novel, the women have the strength and power to control their men, and unlike any other Arthurian legend/story, they are also the heroes. However, this novel does contain quests and the same heroes as most of the Medieval Romance stories, but the women are portrayed as the heroes over the strong and brave knights that actually did control High Britain in that era. The four women that tell most of the story,
Morgaine, Igraine, Viviane, and Gwenhwyfar, feel that they are the reason why the men, who were greatly honored back

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