Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Ideals and reality in The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights.
Authors: Ng, Terrance.
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: In the closing scene of The Grapes of Wrath, Rose of Sharon transforms from a petulant young lady into a Virgin Mary-like figure. After giving birth to a stillborn baby, she changes and breastfeeds a starving man milk despite her loss. Steinbeck creates a powerful image, evoking the Christian ideal of selfless love under difficult circumstances. While Grapes of Wrath takes place in the twentieth century, this image is medieval as early medieval art has themes rooted in Christianity. Steinbeck's interest in the medieval period is not limited to just Christian imagery, but extended to all things Arthurian. Steinbeck sees Camelot as embodying many of the ideals throughout his fiction. This paper explores how the female characters in The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights do not actually adhere to this image entirely. They remain however, as guides to the men in Acts, fulfilling a more important role than usual. Steinbeck wrote the Acts as a modern interpretation of King Arthur. Rewriting the Arthurian Tales and even inserting whole paragraphs which are not in Malory, Steinbeck offers us insight into the thoughts of the characters, showing how thought translates into action. In particular, I will explore the role of the female characters in contributing to the book's rich psychological realism.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:HSS Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
  Restricted Access
388.92 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Page view(s) 50

Updated on Mar 5, 2021


Updated on Mar 5, 2021

Google ScholarTM


Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.