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    King Arthur was a mythical king who ruled over britain. Dan Karlan, Allan Lazar, and Jeremy Salter briefly state the Arthurian legend as follows: “He conquered most of Europe before his march was ended when his nephew overthrew his crown. He then had to return to Camelot to fight his nephew for the crown. During this epic battle he died and had his loyal knight throw his sword excalibur into a lake where an arm rose up to catch it. The arm then proceed to banish it three times and sink back into the lake” (Lazar, Karlan, Salter 53-54). Arthur also managed to kill his nephew in the process. Arthur was a noble and honorable king who has had a lasting effect throughout history and continues to affect people today. Many historians question the existence of King Arthur and have come to the conclusion he may not have lived. In the book The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived, the authors say, “Arthur has been the subject of scholarly investigation for more than a century, with several dozen people writing several hundred books and several thousand journal articles in just the past two decades” (Karlan, Lazar, Salter 53). Even scholars…

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    characterizations as surface-level depictions of archetypes, Tennyson’s female characters actually serve to reveal the absurdity of certain Victorian principles. The reduction of women to certain stereotypical depictions highlights the un-attainability of standards, both for Arthur and for the cast of female characters. In addition to the Victorian framework, Arthur’s tale itself is also bracketed by the acquisition and loss of the sword Excalibur, one of the symbols of Arthur’s manly prowess.…

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    Accolon has every advantage, since he has both Excalibur, which never misses, and the scabbard, which protects him from being injured; as a result, Arthur loses so much blood that, according to Malory, he should have long since collapsed from his injuries. Nevertheless, Malory states that Arthur was “so full of knighthood that knightly he endured the pain” and “all men that beheld him said they saw never knight fight so well as Arthur did considering the blood that he bled” (116). Even when his…

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    Le Morte D’ Arthur, in all of its extensive Arthurian glory, gives way for much interpretation. It’s filled with literary elements that can each be analyzed separately, but I believe the best unifying idea that the text brings to light is that of human imperfection. In a tale famous for heroics and adventure, Malory uses ironic characters to expose the underlying fault of being human. King Arthur, ruler of England and commander of the Knights of the Round Table is not usually associated with…

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    King Arthur wanted to finish Mordred off while he can and he did. King Arthur had the chance and wanted no more risks, so he had to kill Mordred. Mordred died from King Arthur, which seems like King Arthur had no mercy to take his own son’s life, but he had to. As King Arthur, Sir Bedivere, and Sir Lucas (Sir Bedivere’s brother) were moving forward, King Arthur and Sir Lucas were wounded, but Sir Lucas was already passing. As Sir Bedivere wept for his brother, King Arthur said “ Sir Bedivere,…

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    Gawain, how had died, that if he went into battle against Mordred that he would die. Taking Gawain advice, he seeks out a treaty. The treaty is broken by an adder and a drawn sword. The battle that follows is bloody. Most of the men die, including Arthur and Mordred. This story shows both Arthur’s courage and his men’s. One of Arthur’s men dies trying to carry him off the battle field. Arthur dies courageously trying to save his kingdom. Arthur’s men demonstrate respect for Arthur by obeying his…

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    Who Is King Arthur?

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    taken from (http://kingarthursknights.com/knights) “The Round Table was founded in patience, humility, and meekness. Thou art never to do outrageousity, nor murder, and always to flee treason, by no means to be cruel, and always to do ladies, damosels, and gentle women succor. Also, to take no battles in a wrongful quarrel for no law nor for no world's goods.” Though it cannot be proven as no direct evidence exists, as a roman through his father, Arthur used chain mail as protection for…

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    Mordred, almost since his inception as an Arthurian character, he has been synonymous with such terms as treachery. While it is not the first actual mention of him, Mordred’s first full comprehensive account is found in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain. Along with Monmouth’s portrayal of him, Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur carries a comparable weight of magnitude regarding Mordred and his treacherous ways. These two works of literature are chronologically…

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    The soft morning sun illuminated the forest, and the two men moved westward. As they walked at a brisk clip, Percival asked, "About those senses… do you get them often? Some say people who get senses have magic. I'm not scared if you do have magic, by the way. Just curious." "Now and again I get strong — I don't know how to explain them — feelings," said Lancelot, his tone measured and even. Lancelot most assuredly did not have any magical skills… he was nothing like Merlin, who possessed the…

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    Think of a far off land set in Medieval times. There are knights in shining armor rescuing princesses. In return princesses give their handkerchief as a favor. Knights are also going on great quests in search of mystical objects with powers beyond this world. One would think this sound like what many know of Camelot and King Arthur. Many associate King Arthur as one of England's greatest stories. Most would be surprised to learn that the themes that we associate with King Arthur today are not…

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