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    During the ninth century the most often told stories by the people was about King Arthur and his kingdom. King Arthur was the son of King Uther Pendragon and was the only heir to his throne. Arthur is a medieval, mythological figure who was the head of the kingdom Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. King Arthur is most famous for his leadership, his ruling, and his ruthless judgment of Lancelot who is one of his Knights and Guinevere who is his wife. King Arthur’s legendary life was not a usual life that everyone lived during that time and for his life to become legendary he had a rough journey to suffer through. King Arthur’s legendary life can be explained in three different scenarios starting from his unusual birth, then several obstacles he faced in life, and finally his death. King Arthur’s unusual birth played an important role in his legendary life. Before Arthur was born, his dad Uther did not have a son to inherit the throne after him but was deeply in love with the Gerlois’s wife, Igraine. After Gerlois found out about Uther’s motive of having his wife a battle broken down between Uther and Gerlois. As Pyle says, “After Uther-Pendragon had ruled his kingdom for a number of years he took to wife a certain beautiful and gentle lady, height Igraine. This noble dame was the widow of Gerlois, the Duke of Tintegal” (Pyle). During this battle the wizard Merlin casted a spell on Uther to look like Gerlois, which Uther took advantage of the disguise by going into…

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    T.H. White had a heartbreaking and unfortunate childhood. Therefore in his novel, The Queen of Air and Darkness the reader can perceive parts of his childhood. Due to being beaten and bullied during his childhood, White subconsciously includes inner thoughts and feelings about his childhood. In the novel, White highlights Queen Morgause as an inadequate mother just as the audience can presume his mom was. The reader recognizes Queen Morgause in this way since she also beats her children. The…

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    This is contradicted by the relations between Morgause and Arthur because she uses sexual activities as a way to gain power. Throughout Mary Stewart’s novel, The Hollow Hills, the theme of power and sexual activity is evident through the relations between Uther and Ygraine, as well as…

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    or for worse in the future. In The Once and Future King, the slippery trail that leads to one of King Arthur (the protagonist’s) greatest mistakes starts with a fault in someone else entirely. While Arthur is planning a wedding, Merlyn, Arthur’s teacher, remembers what he has forgotten to tell Arthur earlier. Long story short, Merlyn forgot to tell him that Morgause is Arthur’s half-sister, and the characters Gawaine, Agravaine, Gaheris, and Gareth are his nephews. This was a mistake because…

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    The point of view shifts between the main women of the novel: Igraine, Viviane, Morgaine, Morgause and Gwenhwyfar. This is important because it shares the viewpoint of each woman, and each woman tells a different story that all impacts Arthur’s destiny. This book has been praised in the literary world because because it retells an old story from the perspective of the women. Karen Fuog makes a point in her essay Imprisoned in the Phallic Oak: Marion Zimmer Bradley and Merlin's Seductress, that…

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    benevolent goddess in Latin literature to a sultry witch in modern media. Whenever Morgan is in any modern or postmodern books, movies, and tv shows, she is often automatically deemed as being evil because of her superpowers. Her powers are often used for evil, such as harming King Arthur or cursing people. Another thing that diminishes Morgan’s character, is how often she uses her sexuality to persuade and manipulate her male allies. Many contemporary authors will make her a temptress who preys…

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    In many cases, both in the time of King Arthur and in modern day, one can not always trust their family. An example that features this theme is how Morgause deceives her sons and influences them at a young age to seek revenge on Arthur for her own reasons. It was apparent that Queen Morgause was simply using her sons for the sake of vengeance, but her sons wanted so badly to be loved and nurtured by their mother, so they trusted her commands. This resulted not only in the hatred for Arthur (that…

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    lot of time proving he is a good knight, and when he arrives to King Arthur's court he falls in love with King Arthur's wife, Guinevere. Guinevere does not at first respond to Lancelot's advances, but eventually gives in to his request. Another Knight of the Round table is Gawain. Gawain is generally said to be the nephew of Arthur. His parents were Lot of Orkney and Morgause. In the English tradition Gawain is more known to be the principal hero and the exemplar of courtesy and…

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    Scott Ashley writes, “Malory shows…the foundations for future adventure and tragedy in telling of the king’s incestuous fathering of Mordred with his half sister, Morgause of Orkney”(9). Although Arthur does not know that the woman who he slept with was in his kin as stated by Malory, “But all this time King Arthur knew not that King Lot's wife was his sister” (164), the fact that he slept with her while being married to Queen Guinevere shows just how inadequate he his. Seemingly as penance for…

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    battle. That unfortunate tragedy is what makes Mordred’s life that much more tragic, as it almost began to have a happy ending with a resolution with his father (Newbolt). Another plot point that many adaptations leave out compared to the original legend recordings, is the events that come after the battle. In Arthur from the Vita Merlini, the tale ends with the power transferring to a Arthur’s relative, that takes away focus from the battle. Other passages keep this in to maintain focus on the…

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