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The Mists of Avalon
by Bradley, Marion Zimmer
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1. How does this book illustrate the struggles of women to compete and survive in a mans world? Can any parallels be drawn to modern day?

2. Spirituality is a driving theme throughout this book. How is it presented and how does the presentation change throughout the novel? What about Christianity? What impacts the changes that are found?

3. Mists of Avalon is focused on the roles and perspectives of women. How are the male characters treated in the book? How does this affect the stereotypical character portrayals of Merlin and Arthur?

4. Both Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar are presented in a strong female light. Are these still sympathetic characters or do sympathy and strength become mutually exclusive?

5. Three key components of the book are religion, sexuality, and magic. How are these three interconnected? How do certain characters embody certain concepts? How do the characters themselves struggle to deal with each concept?

6. How does Mists compare to other tales of Arthurian legend? Are there other historical tales you would like to see told from a female perspective?

Additional discussion questions from: Reading Group Guides
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