English 205:
Discussion Question 4

Malory, Morte Darthur

Directions: After reading the lecture, answer the question below. This answer is due no later than Thursday, Mar. 8.

Your responses to other students' answers are due by midnight on Sunday, Mar. 11. Remember: in order to get the full 20 points, you MUST respond thoughtfully to at least 2 other people's postings.

This set of discussion questions is worth a possible 20 points. Late answers receive 0 points, so post early :)

We will be using the Canvas Discussion Board for this class. Click on the link below to get to the Canvas portal, sign in, and then click on the box for this class. You will find the "Discussions" link on the left side of the screen:

Discussion Board


In his book, Morte Darthur, John Finlayson shows that there were two types of Arthurian tales circulating by the end of the 12th century: the romance, and the chanson de geste, which was more in the Heroic tradition. Finlayson details the differences between the two types:

Finlayson argues that Morte Darthur is not really a romance; that it is more in line with the traditions of the chanson de geste--that is, that the values it expresses have more in common with Beowulf than with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Based on the sections of Morte Darthur we have read, do you agree? Give specific examples and quotes from the reading to support your position.


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