Far from wishing to satirise the society which her characters may be thought of as representing, Murdoch scarcely acknowledges its existence. Her attentive gaze is fixed on deeper realities: the fundamentals of the human condition, which she thinks of as cutting across and below the contingent map of wealth and class. The concept of society obstructs her contemplation of the meaning of life, so she does her best to ignore it.
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One puts down this novel with a feeling of having feasted at a table of great ideas.
In The Green Knight, Ms. Murdoch offers a keen satire on the way we create fantasies and diversions to protect ourselves from moral complexities and spiritual vacuity. But she undermines her effort by the limitations she imposes on her characters' capacity for self-knowledge.