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Chivalry

- It is apparent in today’s society that the definition and application of chivalry has changed through history. During the Middle Ages, chivalry was a code of brave and courteous conduct for knights. According to this system of morals and manners, a knight was to remain faithful to God, loyal to his king, true to his lady-love, and helpful to their less fortunate kinsmen. Chivalry is still alive today but to a lesser extent than in the Middle Ages. I think chivalry will exist in the future, but only time will tell....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Marie de Champagne

- Marie de Champagne Marie de Champagne is the oldest daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen first of France and then of England. Known for her interest in poetry, music and the arts, Eleanor is "credited with the development of the rules of courtly love, and for their dissemination throughout the medieval society of France and England" (Patronage 1). Sharing a very strong mother-daughter relationship, "Marie is known to have shared many of her mother's views and ideas" (Patronage 1). Competing against each other in an "elaborate intellectual game," Eleanor and Marie "try to outdo each other in presenting situations which test the boundaries of courtly love" (Patronage 1)....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Arthurian Legends Room

- The Arthurian Legends Room Sir Thomas Malory was born around the year 1416 and was the son of a country gentleman. He was an MP and a justice of the peace for a period of time. However, in the 1440's he was found guilty of a series of violent crimes, and he spent most of the 1450's in prison. By 1462, he was out of jail. Then, in 1468, he was charged with being involved in a plot against Edward IV, and he was sent to jail once again. It was during this later imprisonment that he finished Le Morte Darthur....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Society?s Arthurian Variety

- Writers have reflected the differences in society and individual opinions over many years in their writing by slightly altering the plot of Arthurian Romances to appeal to the interests of their community. Arthurian Romances, at early times, were written with themes of magic and violence whereas legends from later times attributed critical turning points in the plot to the power of love and were more involved, containing a long list of characters. Also affecting the differences in the times are the writer’s nationality....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sir Thomas Malory

- Sir Thomas Malory Sir Thomas Malory was an "English translator and compiler" (Encarta) who wrote "the first great English prose epic, Le morte d'Arthur (Encarta). However, little is truly known about Maloryís personal life. We do know that the title of his most famous work, "Le Morte D'Arthur", was first seen on William Caxton's illustrated edition in 1485. In the first chapters, Malory "refers to himself as a knight-prisoner" (Paula Barker) which has led many historians, according to Paula Barker, to believe that at least some of Le morte d'Arthur was written while his incarceration....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Radiquet’s Le Diable au Corps

- Analysis of a Passage from Radiquet’s Le Diable au Corps A five page paper which analyses a passage from Le Diable au Corps at the beginning of the liaison between the narrator and Marthe, showing how the descrip... > [ Click here for a FREE description of this paper. ] > [ Click here to purchase & receive this paper TODAY. ] Albert Camus’ “Le Renegat” This 3 page report briefly discusses Albert Camus (1913–60) and his essay “Le Renegat.” His opinion that that the human condition is fundamentally abs......   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Lady of Shalott and Industrialized Misery

- The Lady of Shalott and Industrialized Misery Alfred Lord Tennyson, one of the mid-Victorian's most celebrated poets of the time, was genius in "eloquently presenting the anxieties and aspirations of his era" (Longman p. 1909). Trademarks of Victorian life included questioning faith, the Bible, the past, and the self. More and more people were interested in the industry of man rather than the uniqueness of nature, and progress of society proved that man was made to dominate and take everything for himself....   [tags: Lady of Shalott Essays]

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a story full of tests and inner challenges, was written by an unknown author somewhere in the late 14th century. The poem begins the same as it ends: with the mentioning of the fall of Troy. After the fall of Troy, the Trojan survivors ventured to Europe where each began a new kingdom. "Ticius to Tuscany, and towers raises, Langobard in Lombardy lays out homes, and far over the French Sea, Felix Brutus on many broad hills and high Britain he sets, most fair." (Norton p....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

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Love and Morality in Le Morte Darthur

- The passion of love, treachery of betrayal and triumph of justice. It is not often today that we find three such vastly different characteristics woven into a tale so vividly. The epic Le Morte Darthur not only possesses these three characteristics, but delves deeply into the meaning and soul of them, most decidedly in the story of Sir Pelleas and Lady Ettard. The saga of these two tragic individuals clearly demonstrates the classic characteristics of a knight as well as the concept of morality in Arthurian times....   [tags: European Literature]

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court vs. Le Morte D'Arthur

- Connecticut Yankee vs Le Morte DArthur King Arthur’s Britain, a vastly different Britain than we know today, is revealed through many timeless classics in literature. Two of these pieces of literature are Thomas Malory’s seriously toned Le Morte D’Arthur and Mark Twain’s satirical A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. These works show distinctly different visions of the Arthurian legend. King Arthur’s Britain in Twains A Connecticut Yankee and Malory’s Morte D’Arthur may be compared through the unique portrayal of living conditions, chivalry, knightly adventures and the role of magic and mystery....   [tags: essays papers]

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French Influence of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

- French Influence of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight Sir Gawain and the Green Knight utilizes the convention of the French-influenced romance. What sets this work apart from regular Arthurian or chivalric romances is the poet's departure from this convention. The clearest departure takes place at the resolution of the piece as the hero, Sir Gawain, is stricken with shame and remorse rather than modest knightly pride, even after facing what appears to be certain death and returning to his king alive and well....   [tags: Sir Gawain Green Knight Essays]

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Canto V of Dante’s Inferno

- Canto V of Dante’s Inferno In Dante’s Inferno, part of The Divine Comedy, Canto V introduces the torments of Hell in the Second Circle. Here Minos tells the damned where they will spend eternity by wrapping his tail around himself. The Second Circle of Hell holds the lustful; those who sinned with the flesh. They are punished in the darkness by an unending tempest, which batters them with winds and rain. Hell is not only a geographical place, but also a representation of the potential for sin and evil within every individual human soul....   [tags: essays papers]

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MERLIN

- MERLIN There is bitter controversy among scholars and theologians alike as to whether of not Merlin was a real historical figure or a product of literary imagination. Much of the earlier poetry attributed to him in Welsh manuscripts, it seems, comes from authentic prophetic verse that Merlin himself spoke. Merlin was first seen in Geoffrey of Monmouthís History of the Kings of Britain written c. 1136. Many people do not accept Geoffreyís words as truth. Many say that Geoffrey wrote Merlinís legendary Prophecy referring to twelfth-century politics of King Henry IIí court....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Apologia Pro Caius: The Modalities of Kay within the Arthurian Canon

- Apologia Pro Caius: The Modalities of Kay within the Arthurian Canon Kai (Cei or Cai). Caius. Keu. Kay. The name has undergone transformation as much as the character. Kay’s long history in the Arthurian legend reaches back almost to its origins. The first evidence of Kai comes from the tales the bards told in Wales of Arthur and his men, and as other authors at different times took up the Arthurian legend, Kai slowly modulated to the Kay most know now. This paper will look at Kay as he appeared in some early Welsh stories, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chrétien de Troyes, Sir Thomas Malory, T.H....   [tags: appearance from medieval to modern literature]

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Sir Galahad

- Sir Galahad In the Arthurian legends, Sir Galahad is one of the most mentioned and most important of the Knights of the Round Table. Conceived when the other famous knight, Lancelot, slept with the lady Elaine (daughter of King Pelles) thinking she was his loved but forbidden Guinevere. Unaware of his parent’s identities, Galahad was raised by an abbess until reaching his fifteenth birthday when he was introduced to his father, who knighted him and accompanied him into Arthur’s court. There, Sir Galahad duplicated Arthur’s feat of drawing Excalibur from the stone (or from an anvil as some versions have it told) by drawing a sword from a solid block of marble....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Lady Of Shalott

- The Lady Of Shalott Tennyson's poem, The Lady of Shalott was written in the 1800's. It is about an imprisoned girl living in a cursed tower. She broke the curse for her love for Sir Lancelot and died soon after. This poem, in my opinion, was extremely well written. It has a steady rhythm and it is recognisable from over poems through its unique rhyming pattern. Each verse consists of a syllable sequence of 88888887. This gives the poem an extra sense of stability and structure. This poem increases its appeal to readers through its very own and different rhyming scheme of AAAABCCCB (this means that the first four lines rhyme, the fifth and ninth line rhyme and the sixth, seventh and eighth l...   [tags: English Literature]

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as Modern Fantasy

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as Modern Fantasy Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, written by an unknown author in the 14th century, can be called a timeless work of poetry. It exudes a certain fantastic quality that, despite its age of over 500 years, still appeals to modern audiences. Because of this application to all eras, would it be reasonable to state that this poem could be classified with modern fantasy fiction. Because of the similarities in plot and style with so much modern fantasy, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight could be placed in the same category with that genre, though the uses of doing so are questionable....   [tags: Sir Gawain Green Knight Essays]

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:The First Swing

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:The First Swing In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a stranger rides into King Arthur's court with a challenge. This stranger, green in color from head to toe, proposes to play a game with a member of King Arthur's court. This game will be played by each participant taking a blow from a weapon at the hands of the opponent. The person that dies from the hit is obviously the loser. On top of this, the Green Knight offers to let his opponent take the first swing. This sets up the action in the passage beginning with line 366 and ending with line 443....   [tags: Arthurian Legends English Literature Essays]

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Maintaining Drive through Passion in Arthur Becomes King by T.H. White.

- Maintaining Drive Passion derives from interests. One develops this idea when an activity is prevalent among their ideals. The determination and appeal that result from this passion lead to ambition. All individuals possess this in some form. For the characters in the Arthurian Legends, this occurs when each must prove their leadership as knights. In every story, the protagonist must battle conflict in order to achieve a particular goal. Commonly, this goal relates to success. It occurs in various situations, but each person uses their ambition to help them succeed....   [tags: ambition, success, ability]

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Medieval Literature and King Arthur

- As humans we fancy creating heroic figures. Whether fact or fiction, there always made larger than life. All was the same in medieval times. Although, instead of using movies or social media they used literature.Throughout history, literature has always been crucial. Through it we are able to learn about culture and build an assortment of knowledge. During the 12th century if you were to ask any country man in Britain to bring to life a popular heroic figure, they would clamor King Arthur. But guess what, the knowledge these men had of King Arthur all came through literature....   [tags: Gawain, Sir Bedevere, heroic figures]

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Comparing Love and Marriage in Canterbury Tales, Lanval, Faerie Queene, and Monsieur's Departure

- Love and Marriage in Canterbury Tales, Lanval, Faerie Queene, and Monsieur's Departure Medieval and Renaissance literature develops the concepts of love and marriage and records the evolution of the relation between them. In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Christian love clashes with courtly love, as men and women grapple with such issues as which partner should rule in marriage, the proper, acceptable role of sex in marriage, and the importance of love as a basis for a successful marriage. Works by earlier writers portray the medieval literary notion of courtly love, the sexual attraction between a chivalric knight and his lady, often the knight's lord's wife....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Life Lesson Behind the Arthurian Legends

- It is said that achievements only occur with focus and planning, but the best realizations are the unexpected. The notable characteristic of a romantic hero is an example of a genetic structure, or common element, in the Arthurian legends. These uncommon attributes of certain characters lead to circumstances that evidence the underlying message of the Arthurian legends in three traditional tales. Authors, Malory and White, use the unique ability of romantic heroes to show that great fulfillment comes from unplanned events....   [tags: romantic, pleasure, knights]

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The Presentation of Women in La Belle Dame Sans Merci and Mariana

- The Presentation of Women in La Belle Dame Sans Merci and Mariana Though both poems have the common theme of unrequited love, Keats and Tennyson assign very different characteristics to the women in their poems. In "Mariana", the woman is submissive and a victim of cruelty, whereas La Belle Dame in "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" is the more powerful of the man and woman in the poem, and the one inflicting the cruelty. In both poems, the landscapes mirror these characteristics, and even the feelings of these two women....   [tags: Alfred Tennyson John Keats Poetry Poems Essays]

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In the fourteenth century, there was a contemporary of Chaucer; he was an unknown poet. The story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written by this unknown poet. The story deals with the many complicated issues, one of them, involving a test of character for Gawain. He is King Arthur's most noble knight, and one of the most honest, chivalrous, and gallant knights in Camelot. However, he has to face one of the most difficult challenges of life, which is accepting his flaws....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Essay - Marriage in The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

- Marriage in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale The disparity in the outcomes of the hag's marriage and Alison's marriages in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale" depends in part on the women's differing expectations of their husbands. The hag's modus agendi depends on a knight's obligation to honour his pledge, whereas Alison's modus operandi depends on her husbands' conduct after marriage, i.e. on her circumstances. Having saved the knight's life, the hag asks the knight to permit her to be his wife....   [tags: Wife of Bath Essays]

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Sir Gawain Preparing Himself and His Neck

- Sir Gawain Preparing Himself and His Neck Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, written by an anonymous fourteenth-century poet, describes the Arthurian legend about the Green Knight’s game with Sir Gawain. Now almost a year passes since the Green Knight has started a friendly challenge of a blow for a blow. And it is time for Sir Gawain to prepare and to meet the Green Knight to receive his strike. Sir Gawain sees how the people around him care for him and wish he didn’t have to go....   [tags: Arthurian Legands English Literature Essays]

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Good Sites For King Arthur

- Good Sites For King Arthur The key to finding useful information on the Web is to know which websites are the most useful and informative. The best services that offer information on the King Arthur legends are "King Arthur" at http://www.britannia.com/history/h12.html, "Explorations in the History and Legends of Arthur" at http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/4186/Arthur/htmlpages/kingartur.html , and "The Camelot Project" at http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/cphome.stm. These websites are among the best....   [tags: Web Internet Essays]

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The Character of the Green Knight in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- The Character of the Green Knight in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In the most general sense, the Green Knight is an anomaly to the story of " Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," the only supernatural element in what is otherwise a very believable and wholly real rendering of a specific length of time. Gawain is momentarily tricked into believing‹or, rather, hoping‹that the garter is magical in nature, but both his fear and the Green Knight dispel him of that heathen notion. Thus on the one hand the poet warns us of the danger of accepting the supernatural qua supernatural, while on the other he demands that we understand the Green Knight to be an expression of the "power of Morgan...   [tags: Sir Gawain Green Knight Essays]

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The Legend Of King Arthur Pendragon

- What starts out as a story meant to intrigue its audience soon evolves into a true legend known throughout the world reaching almost every inch and crevasse in sight. The tale of King Arthur Pendragon is one that sees many forms, nevertheless still stays true to certain aspects of its origin. We seek to explain Arthur’s history in books, in voice and, in the contemporary world, through films. Although some tell a story, it is interesting to also learn the recorded history and parallels found throughout each that cause Arthur Pendragon and his Knights of the Round Table to be such unique aspects to look at....   [tags: King Arthur, Holy Grail, Lancelot]

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Behind the Pretty Face of Lady Bercelak

- Throughout many medieval tales, women play seemingly minor roles. Most are maidens, mothers, and subordinate to other masculine heroes. Readers and historians understand that medieval women are under control and restricted to their husbands. However, few roles exist in which the female characteristics consist of supernatural/magical powers. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Pearl Poet surreptitiously conceals Lady Bercelak’s vital role; her illustrious beauty, seductiveness, and deceiving nature make Lady Bercelak the most powerful character in this Arthurian legend....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

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King Arthur and His Importance in the Medieval Celtic World

- Who was King Arthur, and what was his importance in the medieval Celtic world. While it is possible we may never know the complete answer to either of those questions, according to Thomas Green we can come pretty close to answering the second one. After reading Green’s “The Historicity and Historicisation of Arthur”, the Arthurian sources discussed in the article seem to conclude that a historical personage of Arthur is very unlikely. If pre-Galfridian material, such as the Historia Brittonum and the Annales Cambriae, are read in context as Green argues they should be, and are not methodologically exhausted by looking for evidence, then it is possible for the reader of these texts to truly g...   [tags: British History]

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Other views of Sir Gawain in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

- Other views of Sir Gawain in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight Below are quotations selected from a number of sources which address the character of Sir Gawain: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "In the earliest Arthurian stories, Sir Gawain was the greatest of the Knights of the Round Table. He was famed for his prowess at arms and, above all, for his courtesy. ... Here Gawain is the perfect knight; he is so recognized by the various characters in the story and, for all his modesty, implicitly in his view of himself....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Romantic Heroes in Arthurian Legends

- Arthurian Legends Essay Intellectual, mysterious, extraordinary. The qualities of a romantic hero influence an Arthurian Legend. An Arthurian legend is the tale of King Arthur and the knights of the round table. Because these are pieces of Romantic literature, Arthurian Legends contain romantic heroes. The Crowning of Arthur, Arthur Becomes King, and Sir Launcelot du Lake are all Arthurian Legends that contain romantic heroes. The Crowning of Arthur refers to what happened before King Arthur was conceived, after he was delivered, and how he legitimately became King Arthur....   [tags: bravery, chivalry, adventure]

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Passage Analysis: First Morning in the Green Castle Sir Gawain plays a significant role in many Arthurian legends in the Middle Ages. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight he is the main hero, a warrior, with the concentration on the upcoming battle, rather than a seducing knight. During Gawain's visit to Bercilak's castle, the host's wife makes three advances to seduce Gawain into an adulterous relationship. With all his will power he tries to ignore advances of the Bercilak's wife....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Arthurian Romances

- Arthurian Romances The Middle Ages of Europe were governed by a system which is referred to as feudalist. The people of this system flow together well; society in these times require noble people to set the example for the younger. The ranks of the noble include counts, lords, knights, kings,queens,etc. These noblemen can be compared to as dueling politicians; they watch over their communities, keeping everything orderly, and they fend off any attackers trying to besiege land. The peace keeper of the society is the knight....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Green Knight

- Green Knight One of the most misunderstood characters from the Arthurian Legends is the Green Knight, especially in comparison with Sir Gawain. At first glance, the Green Knight seems to be very overpowering in his challenging of the knights of King Arthur’s court. He even indicates that everyone in the court is weak, and he cannot believe that this is the famous Arthur’s house: “What, is this Arthur’s house,” said that horseman then. (Norton, 309) The Green Knight knows that he will not die from a strike of an axe, and so he is offering to play this game to mock the knights of the Round Table....   [tags: Arthurian Legends]

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Postmodern Criticism of Monty Python’s King Arthur Skit

- Monty Python’s King Arthur skit is full of structuralism dogma breaking moments. This analysis focuses on the first scene of the movie. The scene utilizes pre-conceived notions of movie structure, the publics’ awareness about leaders and prominent figures and the acknowledgement of the existence of life among cast extras to create a satirical adaptation of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail. As the scene begins we hear the hooves of a horse coming from beyond the mist around the castle. The viewer, exposed to several scenes that reflect this setting in previous movies, expects to see someone riding a horse about to emerge, instead it is King Arthur and his servant that appear; both lacki...   [tags: Movies, Films]

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The signifigance of Fishing in The Sun Also Rises

- Escaping the Wasteland The fishing trip within Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises provides a pilgrimage of rejuvenation to the novel’s participating characters, Jake Barnes and Bill Gorton. Escaping the wasteland that is Paris, the two men “shove off,” (Hemingway, VIII), to Burguete, Spain, where they fish for trout on the Irati River. The protagonist and narrator of the novel, Jake was left impotent from an injury incurred while serving with the Italian Front in World War 1. His inability to consummate his love for the insatiable Brett Ashley, and the sterile social backdrop of Paris provide a striking similarity to the Arthurian Fisher King motif of a man generatively impaired, a...   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Did King Arthur Truly Exist?

- Did King Arthur Truly Exist. Who was King Arthur. Most people would tell of a great King; a devoted circle of heroic knights; mighty castles and mightier deeds; a time of chivalry and courtly love; of Lancelot and Guinevere; of triumph and death. Historians and archaeologists, especially Leslie Alcock, point to shadowy evidence of a man who is not a king, but a commander of an army, who lived during the late fifth to early sixth century who may perhaps be the basis for Arthur. By looking at the context in which the stories of King Arthur survived, and the evidence pertaining to his castle Camelot and the Battle of Badon Hill, we can begin to see that Arthur is probably not a king as the le...   [tags: Papers]

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Don Quixote

- Don Quixote is a middle-aged gentleman of La Mancha who reads one too many books of chivalry and decides to become a knight. He polishes an old suit of armor, takes a mischievous peasant named Sancho Panza as his squire, and sets out into the world to do good deeds in the name of his ladylove, Dulcinea. To the dismay of friends from his village, he has dozens of hapless adventures: He rescues prisoners, defends the weak, and reunites old loves. He battles enemy knights and soldiers. His only problem is that he often gets things wrong, mistaking strangers for enemies, falling off his horse, and being beaten senseless by mule-drivers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Influence of British/Celtic Myths and Figures in Haydn Middleton's Lie of the Land

- The Influence of British/Celtic Myths and Figures in Haydn Middleton's Lie of the Land The following is a list of explications pointing towards British and Celtic myths and figures. While pursuing the Celtic influences of Middleton's novel, I found myself searching for the meaning of other present mysteries. This author's twist of two cultures creates a spectrum for possible explication. It seems that the Celtic material melds into British society throughout this novel. In search of specific markers I found myself concentrating mostly on Haydn Middleton's use of names....   [tags: Middleton Lie of the Land Essays]

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Reader Response to The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

- Position Paper: Reader-response I read a book the other day. It was a wonderful book called The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I really enjoyed it; it gives the background information on the creation of Middle Earth. In it, Tolkien tells us of Illúvatar, Eä, the Valar and the birth of Elves, Dwarves and Men. But, you know, I don’t think it has anything at all to do with Elves, Dwarves, Men and some god named Illúvatar. I think Tolkien really wanted to write a Biblical allegory and a critique on ridiculous human nature really is....   [tags: essays research papers]

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In Search of King Arthur

- In Search of King Arthur Ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated by stories of courageous knights and virtuous ladies, who populate the covers and pages of books and screens of the movie theaters. Their splendid attire, glamour of the courts and impeccable manners attracted and conquered the imagination of the little girl. Robin Hood was one of my favorite characters, however there was one hero, who troubled my imagination most of all. I have heard and read numerous stories of a magnificent, just and most generous king of all, King Arthur....   [tags: Internet Literature Essays]

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Dame Lyonet and Dame Lyonesse

- Dame Lyonet and Dame Lyonesse Dame Lyonet was first mentioned in the book, Le Morte Darthur, which has many tales about the Arthurian time. Dame Lyonet was mentioned in the tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney. In this tale Lyonet was sent to find a noble knight to rescue her sister from the Red Knight of the Red Launds.When she came to King Arthur’s court to ask of such a knight to aid her, a man to the name of Sir Beaumains asked to be the one to rescue the sister of Lyonet. At this point of the tale Sir Beaumains was considered to be not as noble as Lyonet had wanted....   [tags: Morte Darthur Lyonet Lyonesse Essays]

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight As with so many stories written in the Middle Ages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is filled with wonders, magic and knightly pursuit of fame and nobility. It combines folklore and romance as does, according to The Norton Anthology, no other known work. The character of the Green Knight fascinates and amuses. Most people would not think of it as an Arthurian-time creature. The Green Man in fact, is a part of an ancient folklore where the beheading of a green man would assure the return of spring next year....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Passage Analysis 1532-1622) Sir Gawain and the Green knight is an Arthurian story about the adventure of Sir Gawain to find the Green knight. King Arthur and his court are gathered for a Christmas celebration. Suddenly, the Green Knight appears and challenges king Arthur's court to a game. He asks one man to hit him with the ax. In return, this man will have to seek the knight out at the Green Chapel within a year and a day to receive three hits from Green Knight....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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I Saw Guinevere There as Well

- I Saw Guinevere There as Well Numerous sources, such as Layamon's "Arthur's Dream", Marie de France's "Lanval" and Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur, portray Guinevere as a unfaithful wife and the primary cause of the fall of King Arthur and The Round Table. In all of the three works, Guinevere is seen approaching various men such as Lanval and Sir Lancelot, knights of her husband. And, yet, she remains virtuous and appealing in the eyes of King Arthur, who loves her dearly. Such blindness or possibly Arthur's unconditional love of Guinevere and Lancelot, Arthur's best knight, lead to the fall of Arthur's Britain and of the Round Table....   [tags: Arthurian Legends Essays]

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Canterbury Tales Essay: Importance of the Tale of Wife of Bath

- Importance of the Tale of Wife of Bath Some critiques of Wife of Bath make the claim that the Tale is an anti-climax after the robust presentation of the Prologue. Certainly, the prologue of Wife of Bath is robust. With its unstoppable vitality, strong language ("queynte" etc.) and homely, vigorous vocabulary (eg. the references to "barley-brede" and mice), it is the Wife's personality -- certainly an extremely robust one -- that dominates. There is a certain brash energy to the whole of the Prologue, whether because of the forcefulness with which the Wife presents her arguments against the antifeminists (eg....   [tags: Wife of Bath Essays]

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Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

- Arthurian Thesis Merlyn taught Arthur many lessons to help make Arthur a better king. Each of these lessons are used to make Arthur become a better ruler. The transformation into a fish teaches Arthur that all beings deserve help and that to avoid being a dictator, you have to treat your people with kindness. The badger teaches Arthur to love his kingdom while caring for his people and that war is the major flaw of man. Lastly, the transformations into different birds taught Arthur about proper etiquette among nobles and the proper way one should deal with territorial boundaries....   [tags: short story]

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King Arthur: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction

- In today’s day and age, stories are traded all the time, and many times it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. However, when a story, approximately 1500 years old has been told and retold, and modified over and over again, the truth, if there is any, can be quite hard to find. This paper will take a look at both the fact and the fiction surrounding who King Arthur was, what he did, and the historical basis for the king. Before exploring the historical truths, it is important that some of the well-known tales, myths and legends are brought into the light....   [tags: Analysis, The Knights of the Round Table]

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The Royal Truth

- The Royal Truth The poem Sir Gawain And The Green Knight was written anonymously around 1375 for the royal court in London. This work is a combination of comedy and satire. The poem also has two plots: "the beheading contest, in which two parties agree to an exchange of blows with a sword or ax, and the temptation, an attempted seduction of the hero by a lady" (Norton, 200). This essay will discuss one description of the setting of the poem, the characters' behavior, and how this courtly society has deteriorated from the ideal....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Chivalric Identity of Medieval Knighthood

- Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’arthur, T.H. White’s Once and Future King, and George Romero’s Knightriders encompass the evolution of the Arthurian tale from Malory’s time to the 1980s. Through this time many things have changed and these changes can be seen within the differences between each work. While there are many prominent differences chivalry or the knightly code is one of the main forces that tie these tales together. Malory reworks many of his sources to bring attention to the grand fellowship of Arthur’s Round Table and the chivalry that holds the knights together....   [tags: Annotated Bibliography]

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Enide

- Enide Just as with Erec, the origin of Enide is widely debated. There are two basic theories of how she came into existence in medieval literature. One theory is that it was Chretien De Troyes who created the characters Erec and Enide, and it was the Welsh that drew off of Chretienís work in order to fabricate their own tales of the two (Owen xvi). This theory may have evolved due to the fact that "Wales contributed very little, or even nothing of importance to the Arthurian legend as it developed in France, and Germany and then in England" (Jones and Jones xxv)....   [tags: Medieval Literature Essays]

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In the fourteenth century, an unknown author wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and now this poem is one thought to be of the finest Arthurian romance that belongs to the Alliterative Revival. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a story about many complicated issues, and mainly it concentrates on the character of Gawain who is one of the best knights in Arthur’s kingdom. The action takes place when Arthur is still young and enjoys big celebrations in Camelot....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]

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The Coronation Ceremony

- The Coronation Ceremony The earliest accounts of a coronation ceremony in England date back to around the 750ís A.D. Spanning the last thousand years, the English coronation ceremony has remained almost unchanged. During the fourteenth century, the kings of England were crowned in a lavish and complicated ceremony involving special clothes, rituals and oaths. These aspects of the ritual displayed, in some ways, the chivalric mindset of the times when the coronation process was first being developed to its fullest meaning and formality....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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What I did While Your Children Attended High School

- What I did While Your Children Attended High School My education began formally, with lunch boxes and purple ditto sheets. I was set free when I was seven -- not just from the school building, but from the notion that I could learn only what was given me to learn, when the powers-that-were deemed I should learn it. Since then, I have been the power-that-is, designing my schooling around my own interests. (The audience is much more receptive this way). That's not to say I've avoided subjects crucial to a well-rounded education, but if I wanted to spend six months studying the Arthurian cycle, I did; and if I wanted to race through algebra as fast as my calculator could compute, I did...   [tags: Personal Narrative Essay Example]

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The Contradiction of Chivalry and Courtly Love

- The Contradiction of Chivalry and Courtly Love Two conflicting disciplines are prevalent throughout Arthurian Legend; that of chivalry and that of courtly love. The ideal of each clash throughout the medieval tales, and it is impossible to interfuse the two models for society. Chivalry is a masculine code, an aggressive discipline, whereas courtly love is based upon women - their needs, wants, and desires. The consistent problem if Lancelot and Guinevere’s adulterous relationship in different tellings of the affair relates back to the differences presented in chivalric code and courtly love ideals....   [tags: Love Chivalry Courtly Essays]

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The Heroes of Lord of the Flies

- The Heroes of Lord of the Flies There are many possible interpretations of the word 'hero': sometimes it simply means the main character of a story, sometimes it denotes a person with a strong character who acts decisively, and sometimes it can mean the person we most admire in a story or who is the greatest force for good. Golding's Lord of the Flies has no clear hero but there are three major characters that could be seen as the heroes of the book. The first possible hero is Ralph....   [tags: Lord of the Flies Essays]

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Oh, That Jolly Green Giant

- Oh, That Jolly Green Giant In a land of magic, love, betrayal, hatred, loyalty and mystery, there exists a kingdom called Camelot. At the heart of Camelot are the Knights of the Round Table who maintain their loyalty to King Arthur. From the famed knights emerges one knight, who stands out as being traditionally the most loyal, chivalrous, and courtly of all: Sir Gawain. It is during one of Arthur's New Year's feast, that a stranger rudely gallops into the great hall and begins what will be a yearlong test for Sir Gawain....   [tags: King Arthur Literature Essays]

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The Impact of King Arthur and the Chivalric Code

- The Impact of King Arthur and the Chivalric Code Today, many young children when asked who their favorite hero is will tell you many of the super heroes seen on television. Before Superman, Batman and even Spiderman there was the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. The heroic knights and their king’s tales gave western society a great literature that is still well- known today. King Arthur, Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot did not really exist, but the stories of gallant knights in shining armour, elegant women in medieval castles, and the heroic quests for the Holy Grail played a major role in developing and creating the brave courageous superheros that beacame throughout...   [tags: Chivalry]

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Knights And Chivalry

- Knights and Chivalry Chivalry was a system of ethical ideals developed among the knights of medieval Europe. Arising out of the feudalism of the period, it combined military virtues with those of Christianity, as epitomized by he Arthurian legend in England and the chansons de geste of medieval France. The word chivalry is derived from the French chevalier, meaning horseman or knight. Chivalry was the code of conduct by which knights were supposedly guided. In addition to military prowess and valor and loyalty to God and the knight's feudal lord, it called for courtesy toward enemies and generosity toward the sick and oppressed, widows, and other disadvantaged people....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Commentary: Fitt IV

- Commentary: Fitt IV The extract from Fitt IV describes the first intended blow of the Green Knight against Gawain. Many lines at the beginning of the extract are dedicated to creating the image of the Green Knight picking up his weapon and preparing himself to deal the deadly blow to Gawain. Much of the focus is on the Green Knight’s physical strength, for example ‘With alle the bur in his body’ and ‘Hade hit dryven adoun as drey as he atled, / Ther hade bend ded of his dynt that doghty was ever’....   [tags: English Literature]

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Chivalry in Arthurian Legend

- Chivalry in Arthurian Legend Merriam-Webster's on-line dictionary defines chivalry as "the system, spirit, or customs of medieval knighthood." As Leon Gautier, author of Chivalry, defines this "system" and "spirit" of knighthood by identifying rules of chivalry, two of which are well illustrated in Lanval, "TheWife of Bath's Tale," and "The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnel:" "Thou shalt never lie, and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word," and "Thou shalt be generous, and give largess to everyone"(qtd....   [tags: Medieval Times Knighthood Essays]

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“The Lady of Shalott”

- Fantasy is how you can best express the beautiful poem “The Lady of Shalott.” "Tirra lirra," by the river Sang Sir Lancelot,” in my opinion, is one of the best lines of the poem “The Lady of Shalott.” This line of the poem signifies the breaking point of the poem. “The Lady of Shalott” is a very detailed yet simple poem to understand. It was written by Lord Alfred Tennyson in 1832 and later revised in 1842 (The Lady of Shalott). There are examples of imagery and themes that are seen throughout the entire poem....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]

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Social Tension and the Pantheistic Call back to Nature As illustrated in “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”

- During the Medieval era in England, a time of religious and social change, the Catholic Church actively sought to out-root the pagan influences - or at least try - and introduce new cultural norms and understanding of nature and the environment. Paganism and it's pantheistic and animistic sub-parts defined pre-Christian England since man first inhabited the island. These ideas contrast strongly with the Christian “justifications for dominating nature” (Kline 3). “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” highlights this social/religious transition and conflict through the Green Knight and his juxtapositions throughout the tale with Sir Gawain....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Beardless Children

- Beardless Children Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is considered to be one of the finest Arthurian romances in English. Unfortunately, the 14th-century author of the epic remains unknown. The poem describes a common game at the time the "Beheading Game," which turns out to be a great physical as well as moral challenge to the main character, Sir Gawain. The passage (130-202) of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight describes the appearance of a strange knight in King Arthur's court....   [tags: Arthurian Legends English Literature Essays]

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Paradise Lost by John Milton

- As Bloom’s theory would suggest, John Milton is often credited with influencing literary figures - particularly during the Romantic period. T.S. Eliot writes of Milton’s ‘bad influence’ upon his successors while others, such as Lucy Newlyn , celebrate his impact. Many critics use Wordsworth as a perfect example of this influence and there is certainly a valid argument for his ‘emulation’ of, and ‘rebellion’ against, Paradise Lost. Throughout The Prelude, Wordsworth revises and alludes to Milton....   [tags: romantic period, successors]

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The Code Of A Warrior

- Assessing the code of a warrior can come about in many ways and sometimes can be very unclear as to what exactly is the code of warrior. When it comes to the Samurai and the Arthurian knight, their codes are much clearer. These two warrior codes have many similarities but have very distinct differences that make them unique to their own code. The Arthurian knights and the Samurai both served for someone higher than them and thus, both fell within the same rank in their respective areas. The Arthurian knights fell below their lords and the king....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Samurai, Knight]

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Dame Ragnell and Alison's Tale

- Dame Ragnell and Alison's Tale In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath (Alison) teaches her audience what it is women most desire through her tale. The tale she tells resembles the tale of Dame Ragnell. These stories are analogies, perhaps both arising from a similar folk-tale source. Both stories are set in the magical Arthurian times when the fields and forests teemed with gnomes and unearthly creatures. Although both stories have the same moral and end on similar note, there are some vivid differences that we simply cannot overlook....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Essays]

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Arthurian Myth

- The mystical references to Arthur and his adventures are dated in literature in some form for over 1400 years, verifying the enduring appeal of this romantic character. Since the beginnings of the English language there have been legends of great heroes. The first settlements of Britain produced stories rooted in ancient Celtic and Germanic imagination; of the many, Arthur is undoubtedly preeminent. The earliest known description of Arthur's noble endeavors was written by Gildas, (ca. 490-540) the author of De excidio et conquestu Britanniae makes reference, albeit vague, to an Arthurian figure; however, the name Arthur is not mentioned in the story (Strayer 564)....   [tags: Papers]

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The Mists Of Avalon

- Devotion, Love, Despair and Betrayal The Mists of Avalon throws the throbbing pulse of femininity into the reader’s face. It expels a truth which can be felt through every sentence, paragraph and chapter. It is a grouping of heartwarming characters, horrifying plot twists and several tragedies surrounding many different themes. The Mists of Avalon becomes a legend seen through new eyes, with details, majestic language, and haunting foreshadowing that hold the reader through its more than 800 pages....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Epic Vs. Modern Heroes

- While “Have at thee!” the Arthurian battle cry from Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail, is a far a-hem cry from the modern day hero’s, the essence remains the same. Many aspects of culture have been wholly altered, but society’s quest for a hero has remained. Each people of the ancient times had a matchless idol that was unto his self the embodiment of cultural perfection. In more recent eras, where societies vary exceedingly, people have relied on scores of heroes. The United States is deemed the “melting pot” of the world due to the vast number of cultures she houses....   [tags: essays research papers]

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King Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory

- King Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory the feast of Pentacost all manner of men assayed to pull at the sword that wold assay, but none might prevail but Arthur, and he pulled it afore all the lords and commons that were there, wherefore all the commons cried at once, 'We will have Arthur unto our king; we will put him no more in delay, for we all see that it is God's will that he shall be our king, and who that holdeth against it, we will slay him'. And therewith they all kneeled at once, both rich and poor, and cried Arthur mercy because they had delayed him so long....   [tags: King Arthur Malory Essays Papers]

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Dame Ragnell: Searching for the Truth

- Dame Ragnell: Searching for the Truth Throughout the Arthurian legends, the role of the mysterious hag is one that continually appears. The hag is often associated with great magical power and revelations - both physical and psychological. In "The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell," Dame Ragnell is the magical hag that aids Arthur in his quest for the answer to the "Holy Female Question." It is ultimately because of the noble, chivalrous and courtly Sir Gawain, that the true identity of the hag can be revealed....   [tags: Arthurian Legends Literature Essays]

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Why Is The Holy Grail?

- What exactly is the Holy Grail. Does anyone really know why it is so significant. Why is this grail so important. These are all such questions that anyone could ask if one had no knowledge of either the Last Supper or the Arthurian age--two times in which the Holy Grail holds outstanding significance. Throughout the length of this research paper, one will come to know what the Holy Grail is, why it holds such a high amount of significance, its relationship to the Arthurian age and what the Holy Grail means now in the modern world....   [tags: Holy Grail, King Arthur, Romance]

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Symbolism and Moral Seriousness

- In the opening lines of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Gawain-poet predicates the numerous dualities—which lead the reader through questions of moral seriousness—that exist in the poem. The opening historical recounting, according to Richard Hamilton Green, reminds the reader that “the greatness of the past is marred by reminders of failure” (179). The paradox of triumph and greatness arising out of failure foreshadows Sir Gawain following the same pattern of fate as his predecessors. While the completion of Gawain’s quest reaffirms the historical paradox of greatness, his journey to renown is fraught with situations and symbols that develop the poem’s main concern of moral seriousness...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Avalon: Isle of Mystery

- Avalon: Isle of Mystery The island of Avalon has been shrouded in mystery throughout the history of the Arthurian legend. Named Ynyswytryn, meaning "the glassy isle", it was famous as the Celtic paradise "The Happy Island of the Blest" (Webb 11). In the earliest religion it was believed that the souls of the dead were borne westward to "…an Island in the Western Sea, to the abode of Glast and Avallac….Thus in later times was Arthur to be borne to the 'Island Valley of Avillion' " (Webb 11). The island supposedly held a mystic cauldron of Regeneration into which dead are dipped to spring out into a new life (Webb 12)....   [tags: Island Avalon Essays]

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King Arthur in Literature and History

- King Arthur in Literature and History King Arthur is the greatest of British literary heroes, although little is known about the real person. Little real historical information is left, only texts, chronicles, verses, myths, fragments of epic poems, inscriptions, symbols, graven images and graffiti. Although these writings can be interesting literature, they lack factual evidence and are obscure in details. It is not even possible to say that a real Arthur even existed, for the records of his existence go back to the fifth, sixth and seventh centuries AD, when the Welsh and English kingdoms which were to replace Roman government were only beginning (Hero and Legend, 1)....   [tags: Papers]

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, written by an anonymous author some time during the fourteenth century, reflects many of the religious, political and social aspects illustrated in other literary works of the time. The author, a contemporary of Chaucer, lived during a time when gallantry, loyalty and honor defined a true man. During this period, Christianity was prevalent, and inherent human weakness was commonly accepted. The author begins the poem with the mention of the siege and destruction of Troy, said to be a result of the traitorous acts of the "knight that had knotted the nets of deceit" (Norton 3), Aeneas....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Literature Essa]

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Mythic Elements in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

- The Arthurian legends of old are seeped in mythical elements and weaved together with artful skill. The origin of Arthur and his knights bloomed in Britain, though their existence is uncertain and unconfirmed. Multiple authors have written their own versions of Arthur and his knights’ endeavors, many of them containing similarities between them. However, when looking at these stories, there is a question hiding among them. What is more important, the myth elements, or the story-telling elements....   [tags: Mythology]

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