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The supernatural quest in le morte d’arthur and orlando furioso in relation to truth

Campbell, Clive Malcolm
Over three chapters, this study compares Sir Thomas Malory’s Grail Quest from Le Morte Darthur with Ludovico Ariosto’s quest to the moon in Orlando Furioso and their presentation of truth. Both quests reflect different perspectives on the nature of truth, Malory’s version of the Grail Quest, working from a Christian perspective, consistently reflects the notion of divine truth and the absolute nature of it. With Ariosto, truth is shown to be contingent and multifaceted, and rather to be determined from the perspective it is taken from. In light of the strong emphasis on character that Malory’s version of the Grail Quest places, this study invests a great deal of attention into analyzing particular characters from the quest, such as Galahad, Gawain, and Launcelot, and how they stand in regards to the absolute idea of truth that the Grail Quests seeks to reveal. Similarly, the character of St John and his speech regarding poetry and patronage is looked at in detail and how it comes to reflect the contingent nature of truth that Ariosto’s emphasis is focused upon. Through investigating these aspects, and more, this study looks to expand upon the scholarly work already available regarding these two authors and, in comparing these writers from this perspective, contribute to the ongoing debates concerning Malory and Ariosto.