Posted by Hil on November 06, 1997 at 22:13:17:
In response to Object of a Quest, written by Karen R on November 06, 1997 at 15:24:36
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] A knight would not quest for purity. However, certain objects in history/literature have required that the knight be pure in order to attain them. The most famous being the Holy Grail. Lancelot could not attain the Holy Grail because he was not pure. Only Galahad would have that privilege.
] Roland is on a quest for Truth. Truth about himself and truth about the C&A mystery. Of course the truth about himself is more important. He finds that love is not what he thought it was. That distrust of love was based on who he was and what he was taught. I like to think that, like the unnamed hero of the poem Maud, Roland develops a sense of his own self-worth or self-esteem through Maud's love.
But I dear to some one else,
] Then I should be to myself more dear.
] Roland's lack of self-esteem was bolstered by Val, Blackadder, or Fergus. Whenever he would talk about some opportunity, Val would reply that all the good things went to Fergus. Once Roland's and Maud's minds start coming together, he begins emerging from that underground hell he's been in.
] The other Truth is what he is. He's a poet at heart and this quest has brought that out in him.
Yes, I agree with this. A quest for self-knowledge. i love his realization that he is a poet.
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