The Questing Beast and the Quest are two very different sides to the same idea. The Questing Beast is a physical representation of the Quest, but illustrates the absurdity of knightly questing where King Pellinore
's search for the Questing Beast is simply a game that has no ultimate goal to it. The Quest—the journey the Knights undergo to find the Holy Grail
—is instead a series of tests where the ultimate goal is not to find the Holy Grail (as it seems to entail) but to endure spiritual tests and perfect the soul. The Quest requires a degree of discipline that many of the knights are unable to exercise. Ultimately, however, the Quest symbolizes a process—just as the Questing Beast was a type of process for King Pellinore that culminates in him falling in love with the Queen of Flanders' daughter—to enlighten the self and ultimately reform the realm itself.