My belief is the same as yours... No need to lecture. These stories are
valuable and necessary. They are held in great esteem with so many cultures
for a reason. Where would we be without the lessons of chivalry,
generosity, and equality that the Arthurian legends teach? For those of us
without such a long and grand history as the rest of the world, those same
stories have given a connection to what life is/was supposed to be like in
those times... the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Thank you for furthering my point and bringing it in to a new light.
> From: Tanya Butler
> Story encodes culture...it constructs and reflects our
> identity. This includes values systems (or morals)
> but it also includes so much more (nationality,
> ethnicity, spiritual beliefs, language, class,
> gender...on and on it goes).
> And story matters because when you mess with (invert,
> parody, whatever) the myths of a culture, you are
> attacking its very identity markers...subverting the
> chivalric ideals that Arthur frequently represents by
> telling your own story about Arthur, Serial Rapist
> Extraordinaire, is equivalent to burning an American
> flag, for some people.
> Sorry to lecture...but I just feel there is so much
> more to stories than the "lessons" they teach.
> Tanya Butler
> Kingston, ON, Canada