Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in English
fiction, novel, point of view, ethics, morality, deconstruction
English Language and Literature
The Kingdom Falls is a novel in eighteen chapters that occurs from the point of view of eighteen different characters within a medieval kingdom over the course of three days. Beginning from the perspective of a peasant and ending with the perspective of the king, the novel progresses through different viewpoints, ideas, and social constructs one perspective at a time. It examines morality, ethics, gender roles, masculinity, class distinctions, and social constructs through the lenses of characters as varied as a beggar on the street and the captain of the watch in an attempt to create a monomyth of the kingdom itself rather than any one central character. This deconstruction of the traditional monomyth comes with various other deconstructions. Preceding the novel is a critical introduction in which the author discusses the influence of Joseph Campbell's monomyth and Lubomir Dolezel's theory of possible worlds on the work, among other things.
© Matt Kimberlin
Kimberlin, Matt, "The Kingdom Falls" (2013). MSU Graduate Theses. 1121.