Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Greg Sadlek
This thesis responds to critical arguments that characterize Sir Thomas Malory’s Tristram de Lyones by his adherence to or neglect of social codes. Although Tristram’s actions as a knight and lover warrant both moral and immoral judgments, interpretations tend to either neglect opposing evidence or paint two-dimensional portraits of him. Tristram’s promiscuity as a lover is interpreted from a Jungian perspective to understand his contradictory behavior. A Jungian analysis concludes that Tristram flounders from one romantic relationship to another as a response to the repressiveness of chivalry. Unable to love a woman and uphold knightly perfection, Tristram goes mad and experiences a psychic transformation that enables him to accept his imperfection.
Kocher, Jeanne Elizabeth, "A Jungian analysis of Sir Thomas Malory's Tristram de Lyones" (1991). Student Work. 3158.
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