English 202 Notes (Part 3)
The Victorian Age
-spirit or body of beliefs, customs, or phrases of the middle ages.
-devotion to, or acceptance of the ideas of the middle ages.
-scholarly study of the middle ages.
-Francis Allen (host), narrator (went to college w/ these guys), parson Holmes (comic relief), Everard
-lines 14-18: parson talks about church missionaries, general decay of faith.
-Francis says y’all are too serious, reads a poem on King Arthur.
-12 books, only one saved from the flame.
-sitting in silence after the end of the story.
-Narrator dreams of Arthur coming again, looking like a Victorian gentleman.
The Passing of Arthur
-line 170: King Arthur and Sir Bedivere
-line 176: Arthur carried to a chapel surrounded by water with a full moon.
-line 182: what’s on Arthur’s mind?
-worried about the future- his kingdom, round table has
fallen, Camelot is gone.
-Asks Bedivere to throw Excalibur into the lake
-Bedivere is upset by this and can’t do it b/
c he wants s/t to remember Arthur by, so he hides it and
lies to Arthur and tells him that he threw it.
But Arthur knows he lied.
-line 289: “authority forgets a dying king”
-2 times Bedivere can’t throw
away Excalibur, but the 3
time he doesn’t look and throws it into the lake,
and the lady reclaims it.
-tells Arthur, Arthur goes
down to the water.
361: “stately forms” (ln 364), 3 queens come to get him, take Arthur and row away.
values and principles are lost with Arthur’s death? What persists with Bedivere?
-the magic of Excalibur is gone
-the fellowship Arthur built is gone.
-loyalty to Arthur’s cause.
-Arthur’s politics are gone.
-line 430: going to Avalon/ dying, but going to heaven, but possibility
he could return.
-last line: “and the new sun rose bringing the new year.”
-ultimate may-december marriage.
-asks for immortality, and gets it, but forgets to ask
-But his wife, the goddess Aurora, is young, new
again every morning.
-caught between endless decay and eternal
newness (incomplete embrace btw the couples b/c they come from different worlds).
-Tithonus envies the mortal who get to die.