The Hero's Journey In King Arthur

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King Arthur was a film made based on the tale of Arthur and his knights. Throughout this story of the great hero Arthur, steps of the common hero’s journey and many literary elements were frequently exemplified. The film focused on the history and politics during the period in which Arthur ruled; a time when the Roman empire had collapsed and battles for power broke out in outlying countries. The Romans were impressed by the Sarmatian people’s fighting skills and in order for them to be spared, they had to send their sons to serve Rome in the cavalry for fifteen years. Only after these 15 years of services, these knights are free to return home. Most of the film consists of showing you Arthur and his knight’s last mission before achieving their …show more content…
Arthur’s common day was being alongside his Sarmatian knights. Often, the next step in this long journey is finding the hero’s call to adventure. This happened after the knights and their leader sat down and had a “communion” by all drinking wine together. “Whenever people eat or drink together, its communion” (Foster 8). During this sit-down, the bishop told Arthur that he and his men had to go on one last mission to find Alecto, the future bishop. After being told the news, the knights were somewhat angry that they had to go back out when they thought their duties in serving the Roman cavalry were over, but they all eventually reached the next step: crossing the threshold and agreed to go. Arthur and his knights approached the inmost cave when going to the Roman estate to find Alecto, and were challenged by his father. He had trapped “sinners” in a room with no food or water to suffer and die. Most died, but Arthur and his knights were able to save a young boy and a woman named Guinevere. Guinevere eventually began to mentor Arthur and give him advice on several things. She and Arthur almost ended up having sex but were interrupted by someone who needed Arthur’s help. “The sex that usually occurs is invariably tied up with something else” (Foster …show more content…
The ice had already begun to crack while the Romans had crossed, so when the Saxons attempted, they could see that the ice was getting more and more fragile. Eventually, Saxon men began to fall through the ice. Later on in the film, the Romans fought the Saxons once again in what seemed to be the supreme ordeal in the steps of King Arthur’s journey. During this fight, the Saxon prince shot Lancelot with a crossbow, but Lancelot stayed alive long enough to finish his fight and slay the prince. Arthur eventually seized the prize when he killed the Saxon king. Lancelot and Triston both died in battle and this was Arthur’s threshold-resurrection. When two of his men died in the last battle Arthur blamed himself and asked God why he hadn’t taken his own life instead. The knights buried Triston and Lancelot and reached the final step, returning with the prize, when Guinevere and Arthur got married at the end of the

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