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A Character Analysis of Sir Lancelot

- A Character Analysis of Sir Lancelot       Sir Lancelot, from the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, has become by far the most popular and well-remembered knight. Through Malory's rendition of traditional materials, we have inherited a character that has become the image of the quintessential knight. How is it that "the outsider, the foreigner, the 'upstart' who wins Arthur's heart and Guinevere's body and soul" (Walters xiv) has taken the place that, prior to Malory, was reserved for Sir Gawain....   [tags: Sir Lancelot Essays]

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Character Analysis of Lancelot in the Movie the First Knight

- ... He knows that he is going to fight with many people, and he might get killed. But these factors do not stop him; on the contrary, he shows a lot of courage at this situation. That is what knights should do which is protecting poor and woman. Lancelot helps people when he feels that he is needed. When Guinevere is kidnapped again by Malagant, Lancelot sees it from a tower. He jumps straight into the sea, and tries to chase back the boat. Then, he finds that the group of people takes Guinevere to castle of Malagant, and Lancelot follows the group goes to the castle....   [tags: chivalry, courage, protect, society]

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The Knight of the Cart (Lancelot)

- In this romance, there is a battle between reason and love. Both try to thwart the paths of the other. When love is taking control, there is always a sense of reason that prevents Lancelot from doing what he wants, and when reason has the better of him, love makes him go in a different direction. Reason is the logical explanation behind each action taken or decision made by Lancelot. Love is the attraction that Lancelot feels for Gweneviere and it has a way of pushing aside reason, when he tries to make a judgment....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Creation of Lancelot and the Undoing of the Once and Future King

- The legendary figure of King Arthur, the Once and Future King, started his rise to literary prominence through Geoffrey of Monmouth and his work, The History of the Kings of Britain. Monmouth introduced readers to a heroic and noble king who defeated the Saxons and reclaimed Britain, creating a period which set the stage for the Arthurian era and the glories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Over time additional authors added their voice to the telling of the Arthurian legend; adding events and characters, ultimately changing the story forever....   [tags: British History ]

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The Power of Love: Lancelot by Chretien de Troyes

- ... Love wished it, and he jumped in, the shame mattered not to him since love rules his action.” That shows his love for Guinevere is real, and nothing would prevent him from getting to her even if it shames him and makes him look bad. For the love, he has for Guinevere; Lancelot was mocked and stared at in the wrong way for being in the dwarf’s cart, but it didn’t matter to him; his love and affection for her was strong. Love dominated Lancelot’s mind body and soul in many ways that are unimaginable....   [tags: happiness, pain]

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Amor Puros vs. Amor Mixtus Applied to Lancelot and Guinevere

- Throughout written history, few love stories have stood the test of time like that of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere. Their names are as synonymous with forbidden love as Romeo and Juliet. There are many different versions of their saga throughout Arthurian literature and the one thing that is indisputable in all of the accounts is their tremendous, unwavering love for each other. But what exact kind of love are they experiencing. In Chrétien de Troyes “The Knight of the Cart” the love shared between Lancelot and Guinevere can be said to be amor puros or pure love, where as in Sir Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte D’ Arthur”, it can be seen as amor mixtus or crude love....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Who Is the More Flawed Man: Lancelot or Arthur?

- The integrity and honor of a man is based on many aspects in life. One may look at the actions of a person to determine how they react to certain situations. Deceitfulness and loyalty are common attributes of a person from which judgments can be obtained. Friendships are also a reliable source to ascertain one's self-morals and principles. In T.H. White's, The Once and Future King, the reader is presented with the lives of two very different men and their actions allow the reader to formulate different opinions about these men....   [tags: European Literature]

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Elaine of Astolat in Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott and Lancelot and Elaine

- Elaine of Astolat in Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott and Lancelot and Elaine       The Arthurian legends have fascinated people over the centuries with tales of kings, noble ladies, knights, magicians, love, and death. Among those who wrote about King Arthur's reign was Alfred, Lord Tennyson. One of his poems, "The Lady of Shalott," became immensely popular for its moving pathos and mystery. Yet, the poem was based on a character from Arthurian legends - Elaine of Astolat. Several years after composing the poem, Tennyson wrote directly about Elaine's tragic love affair with Sir Lancelot in "Lancelot and Elaine," found in his epic piece Idylls of the King.  Although both poems sha...   [tags: Lady of Shalott Essays]

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Chivalry: Chretien de Troyes' The Knight of the Cart

- There is a form of pure love and authentic chivalry that permeates throughout the Arthurian legends. Elements of loyalty and valor accompany these concepts, and all are equally represented in Chretien de Troyes' The Knight of the Cart, or more commonly known as Lancelot, the original text that portrayed the adulterous affair between Lancelot, a knight in Arthur’s court, and Arthur’s queen, Guinevere. In a similar style to the aithed (Kibler 112)—or Celtic tale of abduction —Chretien crafts a time enduring legend in which in our knight of the cart, Lancelot embarks on a romantic and chivalric quest in search of the queen, for Meleagant has taken her as prisoner to his otherworldly realm of...   [tags: arthurian legends, lancelot]

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Courtly Love as an Ennobler in Romantic Literature

- Lancelot, the knight of the cart, is in love with Queen Guinevere, who constantly compromises his reputation by embarrassing him . Chretien de Troyes writes Lancelot in The Knight of the Cart to be deeply in love, so much so that he constantly sacrifices his reputation for the queen. Classically, “the romantic hero developed from an extravagant to an ideal character” (Williams 275) in typical Romance literature. Although Romance literature has many variations, Lancelot portrays this transition from the extravagant, noble, knight to an ideal character in the tale....   [tags: Lancelot, Romantic Era, Literary Analysis]

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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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Analysis Of The Poem ' Idylls Of The King '

- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the author of Idylls of the King, uses motifs in his works to give a deeper understanding of his epic poem. One of his motifs in Idylls of the King is a light and dark binary. Light is seen as bright and beautiful with a new beginning. It also symbolizes the past staying in the past and having a fresh start. Night is when it is dark, and that is when all of the creatures and monsters come out, so to say. Darkness is full of pain, but Tennyson does not always portray it as so....   [tags: King Arthur, Mordred, Le Morte d'Arthur, Lancelot]

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A Leader 's Job Is The Most Powerful Person On The Planet

- A leader’s job is to show people the way they are supposed to go. This idea is shown by the very name they are called. The dictionary definition of lead is to “organize and direct” . Leaders show people the way, yet in our current world, that is not how leaders are portrayed. In a democracy, our representatives are supposed to represent the people. Our president is supposed to do what the American people tell him to. This makes the President a simple spokesperson for our country. It is a strange idea that the President is the most powerful person on the planet, but he must adhere to the wishes of his people, that seems to contradict itself....   [tags: Holy Grail, King Arthur, Lancelot, Gawain]

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Lord Of The Flies By William Shakespeare

- Discarded armor laid in a heap on the floor next to the table. He 'd tried to stack it as he removed it, but the mound had slid off the table, collapsing on the stones below. The only thing left on the polished wood surface was the sword. Staring at it from across the room, he wished he knew the true story behind it, not the lies he 'd been fed by Merlin. He never understood some of his manservant 's odd quirks. There were times when Merlin would seem so wise, yet he always played such a buffoon....   [tags: King Arthur, Mordred, Lancelot-Grail]

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Chretien De Troyes's Romances

- The romance genre is centered around many themes, the most famous being love. The protagonist is almost always the one character that is receiving love or working towards obtaining love. The Romance genre began around the 12th century in Europe. The most famous author of that genre and time was none other than Chretien De Troyes. Troyes is the author of seven poems, four of which were completed by just him. The other three have been worked on and finished by other authors. In this essay the themes from two of his works will be discussed....   [tags: Romance Genre, Falling In Love, Literary Analysis]

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The Mystery Of The Bridge

- Since humans are mortal, the sensation of pain is integral to the human condition. On one hand, pain alerts the body of a danger that is threatening its overall well-being; however, pain can be used as a means of torture to break the psyche or willpower of someone. As Lancelot races to save his queen from the evil Méléagant, he encounters the Sword Bridge. This Bridge is notorious for its slender construction, making it impossible for one to walk across the bridge safely. Underneath the bridge, Lancelot looks at the “treacherous water, black and boiling, swift and harsh, as horribly evil, as if it flowed from the devil…” (95)....   [tags: Love, Human, Suffering, Odysseus]

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The Code of Chivalry in The Once and Future King

- The Code of Chivalry in The Once and Future King       T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King presents a code of chivalry that outlines the expected knightly behavior of the time. This particular code stresses loyalty to one's liege, love and respect toward women, and absolute devotion to justice. At the height of Arthur's kingdom, this code was widely accepted by all. However, as Arthur's kingdom begins to decline, the code of chivalry begins to hold less importance among the people....   [tags: Once and Future King Essays]

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Arthur's Knights and The Light Beyоnd The Forest

- The Light Beyоnd The Forest Introductiоn This stоry features the exploits оf the many well-known knights оf King Arthur's Round Table -- Lancelot, Percival, Bоrs, Gawain, and Galahad -- each оf whom seeks tо find the cup оf the Last Supper. The Arthurian knights, who sat with King Arthur around a circular table, became the focal point оf fellowship between knights. Some оf them are famous as heroes and champiоns оf just cause (Pyle, 84-89). In theоry, they were brothers; however, jealousy, envy and hatred existed with the fellowship....   [tags: Chivalry, round table, King Arthur]

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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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Guinnevere of the King Arthur Legends

- Guinevere of the King Arthur legends is called the daughter of King Leodegrance. (Britannia) In early Welsh tales she was said to be the daughter of a giant. (Senior 84) She is actually the daughter of a Roman Roman noble. (Britannia) Born in C.AD 490 . (Fords) Guinevere descended from a noble family of romans. (Lace 63) It is true that Guinevere is sexual, that she craves the love of a man who (unlike Arthur) has “A touch of earth.” (MaChan 200) She is also self-centered and small-minded. (MaChan 200) She is occasionally a political pawn in the hands of Modred, other knights, and even Arthur himself....   [tags: daughter of King Leodegrance]

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Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur and Monty Python and the Holy Grail

- Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur and Monty Python and the Holy Grail Professor’s comment: This student uses a feminist approach to shift our value judgment of two works in a surprisingly thought-provoking way. After showing how female seduction in Malory’s story of King Arthur is crucial to the story as a whole, the student follows with an equally serious analysis of Monty Python’s parody of the female seduction motif in what may be the most memorable and hilarious episode of the film. Much of the humor in Monty Python and the Holy Grail derives from the pure absurdity of its characters and situations....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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Guenever's Love Triangle

- Nowadays you hear about people cheating on each other and think of it as nothing. In the time period T.H. White’s, The Once and Future King was set, it was a crime as sinful as killing a person. Guenever is a heartless and conniving woman, who gets away with ‘murder’, just because she is the Queen of England. Throughout the book, Guenever is characterized as weak and evil, because her decisions and behavior affect Arthur, Lancelot, and herself negatively. To begin, Guenever manipulates Lancelot’s feelings....   [tags: Literary Analysis, The Once and Future King ]

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Responsibilities in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

- Responsibilities in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice The small and seemingly insignificant details in a story often hold together an entire theme of the work. This phenomenon is recognizable in the plays of William Shakespeare, as a speech or incident with a minor character can point the audience to a much larger truth about the work as a whole. The Merchant of Venice contains such a minor character, Lancelot, whose story gives a clue to the reader about the roles of the other characters in the play....   [tags: Shakespeare Merchant Venice essays]

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The Knight and the Cart

- The Knight of the Cart By the end of eleventh century, Western Europe had experienced a powerful cultural revival. The flourish of New towns provided a place for exchange of commerce and flow of knowledge and ideas. Universities, which replaced monasteries as centers of learning, poured urbanized knowledge into society. New technological advances and economics transformations provided the means for building magnificent architectures. These developments were representative of the mental and behavioral transformations that the medieval world underwent and the new relationships that were brought about between men, women and society in the twelfth century....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Middle Ages Art and Music Pertinence to Literature

- ... This genre came into existence through the uprising of the prominence of liturgical services. Religion continually impacted each and every decision made in the Middle Ages. This style of music is still used in religious communities today. The instruments that were used back then are also still used today. Instruments such as the harp, flute, and lute. The instruments were delicate. Literary the instruments were made of wood; this is where the name woodwinds came from. Apart from that, figuratively the Middle Ages plucked stringed instruments for a sensitive sound....   [tags: beauty, love, warrior, sacred, secular]

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Once And Future King: Analytical Paper

- Once And Future King: Analytical Paper Sir Lancelot's intense desire to perform heroic deeds was brought on by his lack of confidence and insecurity. His childhood was spent in seclusion, training for a job desired only to escape the hellish life that his hideous face would otherwise hold in store for him. Lancelot's adulthood was spent trying to overcompensate for this ugliness by performing Herculean feats and good deeds. And the twilight years of his life were spent in remorse for the bad things he had done....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Relationship Between Parents And Children

- The relationship between parents and children affects their behavior later on in life. Portia and her father have the closest relationship seen through Portia’s constant obedience to her father’s will. The second best relationship is Lancelot’s and Gobbo’s since although Lancelet purposely confounds his father, he makes amends later on. The worst relationship is between Shylock and his daughter, who both abhor each other. In all these relationships, however, there are similarities in the relationships between the parents and the children....   [tags: Marriage, Family, Interpersonal relationship]

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Chivalry Through the Ages

- Lytton Strachey once said, “The old interests of aristocracy-the romance of action, the exalted passions of chivalry and war-faded into the background, and their place was taken by the refined and intimate pursuits of peace and civilization.” The differences between medieval and modern times show the progression in love and honor and chivalry. From the era of King Arthur’s knights to the modern times of Nicholas Sparks’ novels, the picture of what was originally a knight fighting for his “Princess” altered to a man dating a woman, to prove that through the generations courtly love will always exist but because of the change of responsibility, man no longer has the obligation in following the...   [tags: Sociology, Human Love]

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The Role of Queen Guinevere in King Arthur and His Knights

- She is the most perdurable female figure in King Arthur and his Knights. Without her the suspense and the plot flow could not have been achieved. Her influence has enabled her to penetrate into men’s world a trait that distinguishes her from the rest of the women. Knights are referred to as the queen’s knights. We could say the same of the ladies who accompany the queen and keep the knights in good company (pg.52) .Queen Guinevere, as the King’s wife, is acknowledged by males. But despite her access to the Round Table, she has no legitimate power....   [tags: Knights of the Round Table, Sir Thomas Malory]

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Arthur: Myth, Legend, or Man

- King Arthur: myth, legend, hero or man. The mythical King Arthur is known as the man who became a king by pulling a sword, Excalibur, from a stone. The legendary King Arthur was thought to have had a table that he and his knights would gather around and it was round. Legend has it that King Arthur had commissioned Merlin, a powerful wizard, to design and enchant the table. This made way for the legend of “the knights of the round table”. The stories told about Arthur have evolved throughout the years, but was there a “real” Arthur....   [tags: King Arthur, Sword, Excalibur]

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Importance of Honor in Sir Thomas Malory’s King Arthur and his Knights

- Importance of Honor in Sir Thomas Malory’s King Arthur and his Knights For centuries, the Arthurian legend has captivated an untold number of readers. What is it about Camelot that draws us into its complex code of chivalry and amusingly brute anecdotes. Human nature, as one can surmise from antiquated literature, has still not changed in the least—we still experience the boons and pitfalls of love, joy, envy, lust and sorrow. This certainly explains why the tantrums of Malory’s jealous Queen Guinevere strike chords of familiarity and even evoke an empathetic chuckle....   [tags: King Arthur Knights Essays]

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Queen Guenever in The Once and Future King

- In the novel The Once and Future King, by T.H. White, the character, Queen Guenever, is depicted as a confused and lost woman in an arranged marriage. She had an internal struggle with a shameful secret, an affair with the ugly knight, Lancelot. In the time of King Arthur, women were limited to what they could do, and what decisions they were able to make. She ultimately made some wrong choices in her life, which led to the disapproval from those around her. She was in her marriage by force and had no malicious intensions, but did what she felt she needed....   [tags: T.H. White]

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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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Fate of the Lustful in Canto V of Inferno

- As we all know, a first impression is a lasting one. As true as this statement may be, when reading between the lines of someone’s seemingly innocent story, they can turn out to be totally different people. In Canto 5 of Inferno, this exact phenomenon is portrayed. Canto 5 brings us to the second circle of Hell, the circle for the lustful souls, where we meet Francesca and Paolo. These two sinners tell Dante a woeful tale of love and betrayal through their tears. Francesca, the woman who tells the story seems so pitiful and sad, not because of what she had done, but because she is in Hell....   [tags: sinners, love, death]

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Film Adaptation Of A Beloved Stage Musical Set

- A marginally campy film adaptation of a beloved stage musical set in the court of King Arthur is likely not conceived with the intent to provide profound insight into the state of the human condition. It is borne of an unfilled demand for entertainment, above all else, and “Camelot” delivers a touching retelling of a familiar legend with only slightly butchered musical numbers. By contrast, a sprawling war epic centering on the role of the gods and influence of fate upon human lives conveys a sense of gravitas missing from most moviemusicals....   [tags: Iliad, Trojan War, Achilles, King Arthur]

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Sir Gawain as a Noble Knight

- Sir Gawain is a popular medieval character with many personalities. The stories, "Le Morte d'Arthur," and "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," both have Sir Gawain, Arthur's favorite knight as the main character. Through these stories I have learned about this knight, but both stories paint a different picture of this man. Sir Gawain was portrayed in many different lights. In "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", and "Le Morte d'Arthur," Sir Gawain's image varied drastically. In the following paragraphs, I will analyze Gawain's two images further and prove that although Sir Gawain is a high-born knight, he is still human....   [tags: European Literature]

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King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

- Book four begins when ambassadors of Lucius, the Roman Emperor, showed up demanding Arthur pay tribute to Rome. Arthur refuses, and Lucius gathers his substantial forces to make war against England. Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table travel to meet Lucius’s forces, and eventually win the war. Arthur moves his army through Europe, surrounding towns and cities until he arrives in Rome and is crowed the new Roman Emperor. During the war while Arthur was moving his army thought Europe, Arthur killed a huge giant who lived on St....   [tags: mysterious, tournament, court]

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T.H. White: Master of Imagery, Characterization, and Tone

- Terence Hanbury White was born on May 29, 1906, in Bombay, India. He attended Cheltenham College and Queen’s College, Cambridge. At Queen’s College, White was tutored by L.J. Potts. He also wrote a thesis on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur without reading it and graduated with a first-class degree in English. He later taught at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire. He wrote an autobiography entitled England Have My Bones, which was a narrative of his country life. White retired from Stowe School after four years of teaching....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Once and Future King

- ... Mordred is either Arthur’s son or nephew by his sister Morgawse. Mordred seizes Arthur’s throne whilst he is away and in ultimately slain by Arthur, but not before fatally wounding the king. Arthur is then said to have retreated to Avalon, where he waits to once again take his place as king, earning him the title the Once and Future King. Arthur’s knights were his most trusted friends and family, but ironically, he is betrayed by the best of them. The most reputed of Arthur’s knights are Sir Lancelot and Sir Tristram....   [tags: King Arthur, English legends]

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The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes and Lord Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott

- The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes and Lord Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott In this essay, I intend to examine the storylines, themes and language of ‘The Highwayman’ and ‘The Lady of Shalott’ and then explain why I think that one of the poems is more powerful than the other one. ‘The Highwayman’ is a love story full of romance and adventure. The hero is the rakish highwayman of the title who dies for the love of his mistress – the darkly beautiful innkeeper’s daughter, Bess. ‘The Lady of Shalott’ is a mysterious poem set in the mythical time of legend Camelot....   [tags: Compare Contrast Tennyson Noyes Essays]

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

- “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is a satiric comedy about the quest of King Arthur. The movie starts out with Arthur, King of the Britons, looking for knights to sit with him at Camelot. He finds many knights including Sir Galahad the pure, Sir Lancelot the brave, the quiet Sir Bedevere, and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Lancelot. Through satire and parody of certain events in history (witch trials, the black plague) they find Camelot, but after literally a quick song and dance they decide that they do not want to go there....   [tags: essays research papers]

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soliloquies in the merchant of venice

- “The Merchant of Venice” is a play that relies on soliloquies to advance the plot, create mood and atmosphere, and to develop character among all the actors. I am here to prove how this happens in two different soliloquies and show you why Shakespeare put them into the play. My first soliloquy is from Lancelot Gobbo and it is taken from Act 2 Scene 2.I know that Lancelot is a secondary character, but this speech is really important in the outcome of this scene. He is talking about if he should run away from his master, who just happens to be Shylock....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Once and Future King Guenever

- The Once and Future King Description of Guenever Guenever is one whose personality and appearance fluctuates often during the course of her life. The facts that she fell in love with someone other than her husband and that she never bore a child contributes greatly to these abrupt and drastic changes. The description of Guenever as a young wife is one with deep, clear blue eyes, which almost beheld a sort of fearlessness which was startling, as was her black hair. Although Gwen was quite fond of her husband, she found herself taken a fancy to the young knight, Lancelot....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Once and Future King

- The Once and Future King The Once and Future King by T.H. White has a theme which consists of being true to yourself and your beliefs. Many characters and events in this book reinforce this idea and portray it as the main lesson. Readers are affected by learning important life-lessons throughout each chapter and book. Readers learn in the beginning that Arthur strongly believes in keeping his word. Even in Book I, when Arthur was a child, he refused to leave Hob's hawk, Cully, in the forest....   [tags: Once and Future King Essays]

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Love Plot in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Love Plot in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is a play of both love and hate. The love plot begins to develop in Acts 1 and 2, as we are introduced to the leading characters of the play. Bassanio is a friend of Antonio, who is the merchant of the play’s title. Bassanio is a young man, and in the beginning of the play we are introduced his infantile character. We learn that he has spent all of his own money and aspires to regain his fortune by marrying the heiress, Portia....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Descriptive Language and The Lady of Shallot

- Descriptive Language and The Lady of Shallot In any piece of lyrical poetry, authors must masterfully use the language of the poem to covey the intended meaning. In order to ensure the meaning is not lost, it is imperative that the author incorporates various aspects of the narrative to escalate the poem past its face value. Alfred Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shallot” is no exception to the rule. From lines like “blue unclouded weather” and “the gemmy bridle glitter’d free”, one can draw that descriptive language is Tennyson’s tool to revealing the underlying meaning (Griffith 334)....   [tags: The Lady of Shallot]

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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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Monty Python And The Search For The Holy Grail

- Hey, you. Can you give me your favorite Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail quote. This movie is filled with all kinds of hilarious puns and jokes that can make anyone laugh til they cry. The group Monty Python is a comedy group out of England that is made up of six actors. Most of their skits have some historical background to them. Which is the same in the movie Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail. Anyone with an eye for the medieval times can pull of many true historical factors....   [tags: Holy Grail, King Arthur]

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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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Satire and Tone in "The Once and Future King"

- There is a direct link in Book I and Book IV of the Once and Future King from the animation and adventure that Wart experiences to the fall of King Arthur’s reign. The shift is long and detailed but in the end everything ties together. Although at points the plot is grim, White throws in a little bit of satire throughout every book, for example in Book II when the Orkney environment is harsh but then it is contradicted by the behavior of Sir Pellinore, Sir Grummore, and Sir Palomides. In Book III, it is very descriptive and tedious with a darker tone, but then also is offset by Lancelot’s adventures....   [tags: Once and Future King, White, ]

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Betrayal in Malory's Le Morte D’Arthur

- Malory Paper Malory's Le Morte D’Arthur isn't known to be classic just because of Arthur-but rather the themes of family, love, revenge, identity, loyalty and betrayal. As King, Arthur is put in many situations that test the people he surrounds himself with. Therefore, betrayal has become a reoccurring theme. Throughout the novel, people are seen betraying each other. Betrayal has become familiar in a way to the members of the round table, ultimately leading to it's demise. The acts of betrayal occur in various forms, whether it be through adultery or just going behind the other person's back....   [tags: Adultery, Downfall]

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Modern Day Hero

- In today’s society, it is hard to know someone who another person can look up to as a hero. It takes a special quality and person for others to know they can look up to and follow without worrying about being lead astray. The modern day hero I have chosen is someone who not only is willing to lay his life down for another, but also is willing to fight for everyone’s freedom. James A. Miller Jr. is that modern day hero; he is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp. For the last year, he has been overseas fighting for not only the lives of all Americans, but he is also trying to free the Iraqi Government and people....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Treatment of Shylock by the Christians in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Treatment of Shylock by the Christians in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Two thousand years ago Jews were known as Hebrews or Israelites and lived in Israel. At the time their land was occupied by Romans who tried to crush the Jewish faith and culture. Due to this, Jewish people fled Israel to make new lives and Jewish communities in other countries. In these communities Jews were known for their intelligence and business sense which led to them being mistrusted and resented....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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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 Similar Characters in: "The Lady of Shalott" by Alfred Lord Tennyson and "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes

- The poem The Lady of Shalott is written by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The poem is about a mysterious woman who lives in a tower and is very isolated from the rest of the world. The poem The Highwayman is written by Alfred Noyes. The main character is the very beautiful landlord’s daughter, Bess. Both the female protagonists are described as attractive, and they both prove themselves to be very brave. They each, in their different ways, die for love. Therefore they can both be described as courageous, but also perhaps slightly naïve....   [tags: Lady of Shalott, Alfred Lord Tennyson, poetry, Hig]

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The Quest of the Holy Grail

- Galahad was a Knight of the Round Table of Arthurian legend. He is almost always portrayed as the pure knight, and for this he is rewarded with the Holy Grail. He is mentioned in many writings in history including 12th century Cistercian monk writing The Quest of the Holy Grail, Sir Thomas Malory’s Selected Tales of King Arthur and his Knights, and Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Sir Galahad. After reading the next several pages, one should begin to understand the similarities and differences portrayed in these writings, along with some others....   [tags: Analysis, Galahad]

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Exploration of the Triad of Victorianism

- Queen Victoria’s reign signified the longest single rule of one monarch throughout the history of England. “British history is two thousand years old,” Twain observed, “and yet in a good many ways the world has moved father ahead since the Queen was born then it moved in all the rest of the two thousand put together.” Victoria—earnest, morally inclined, fond of domestic proprietorship—mirrored the concepts associated with the time period itself. Under her eloquent leadership, The Victorian Era, following the span of her reign from 1837-1901, was born....   [tags: Societal Change, British History]

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Chivalry, From Medieval Ages to Today

- “[Guenever] lived in warlike times, when the lives of young people were as short as those of airmen in the twentieth century. In such times, the elderly moralists are content to relax their moral laws a little, in return for being defended. The condemned pilots, with their lust for the life and love which is probably to be lost so soon, touch the hearts of young women, or possibly call up an answering bravado. Generosity, courage, honesty, pity, the faculty to look short life in the face—certainly comradeship and tenderness—these qualities may explain why Guenever took Lancelot as well as Arthur....   [tags: TH White, The Once and Future King, Analysis]

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The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson and Lady of Shalott by Liz Loched

- The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson and Lady of Shalott by Liz Loched In this essay I will compare and contrast the two poems, "The lady of Shalott" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and "Lady of Shalott" by Liz Lochhed. The two poems have very similar ideas and themes but are written in two very different styles. "The Lady of Shalott" is set in medieval times and is about a young woman trapped in a tower. She cannot leave the tower or even look out the window, as she believes that if she does a curse will come upon her....   [tags: Papers]

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I think that in Tennyson’s poems, The lady of Shalott and Mariana,

- I think that in Tennyson’s poems, The lady of Shalott and Mariana, the central female characters are presented to us in the way that Tennyson views women and their roles in society. There “Tennyson had great sympathy for women and the ways in which their lives were restricted.” Write the ways in which Tennyson presents the lives of women in some poems you have read. I think that in Tennyson’s poems, ‘The lady of Shalott’ and ‘Mariana’, the central female characters are presented to us in the way that Tennyson views women and their roles in society....   [tags: English Literature]

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Spiritual and Moral Journeys in The Quest of the Holy Grail

- The Spiritual and Moral Journeys in The Quest of the Holy Grail    The Quest of the Holy Grail is an exciting tale that follows the adventures of King Arthur's knights as they scour the countryside for the legendary Holy Grail. Throughout their journeys, the knights engage in many exciting jousts and sword fights with a variety of enemies. The author of The Quest of the Holy Grail intends for the story to be more than just entertainment: the knights' search for the Holy Grail is analogous to the pursuit of morality and spiritual chivalry, showing success through asceticism, confession, chastity, and faith....   [tags: Quest Holy Grail Essays Papers]

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Comparison of Two Films About King Arthur

- Few works of literature or legend are as varied as that of King Arthur and his round table, forever retold by each generation. Without question, the defining work of Arthurian Literature is Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Morte d'Arthur is a compilation of all the King Arthur legends that existed before Malory. Malory tried to bring all the stories together into one cohesive whole. Morte d'Arthur is a trove of stories about magical encounters and various quests that is loosely centered on the rise and fall of King Arthur....   [tags: Film Movies Compare Contrast]

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The Legend Of Mature Arthur

- The legend of Mature Arthur starts out when he becomes king of England. After becoming king he marries the most beautiful women in England, Queen Guinevere. When he marries her, her dad gives Arthur a round table that is said to sit one hundred people. As king his number one advisor and friend is Merlin. The two of them are on a trip, and stop at the castle of a lord where they meet a woman who falls in love with King Arthur. Arthur says he will not stay with her, and she orders one of her knights go and kill him....   [tags: King Arthur, Mordred, Guinevere]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the role of women is quite significant. Although there are only three women throughout the play, Jessica, Nerissa, and Portia, all play a role that affects the outcome of the play. Portia, Jessica, and Nerissa are all very significant characters from this time period. The three women display characteristics of bravery, independence, and intelligence. From the first time Portia is introduced, she is depicted as a very smart woman. In the beginning, she is searching for a husband that has more in his head than money and beauty....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Portia, Shylock, Marriage]

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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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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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King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table: An Epic Hero For Moder

- King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table: An Epic Hero for Modern Times In about 1470, Thomas Malory finished Morte d' Arthur, the first of the many legends written about King Arthur. Even in modern times, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are a favorite subject in movies, books, and plays. Often times this is so because the Medieval Period in general, and King Arthur in particular, have an air of mystery, romance, fantasy, and adventure that are popular themes in all times and cultures....   [tags: essays research papers]

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King Arthur, Sir Gawain and Superman

- ... They gathered people who were able to fight and the intelligent and strongest of the kingdom. 'Courtly love was a highly idealized code of conduct for lovers during the middle ages and Renaissance in Europe. Typically, the courtly love relationship was not between husband and wife, as marriage was a political or practical arrangement.' (Courtly Love) Explaining courtly love to us, it shows it is not the same as it was then as it is now. Comparing it to Superman it shows his love life does not compare to this at all....   [tags: chivalry, bravery, courtly love]

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An Explication of Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott

- An Explication of Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott       Children often grow up listening to fairy tales.  Repunsel is one fairy tale about a girl cursed to live a life of isolation in a tower.  She longs to break free from seclusion and become part of the outside world.  She eventually finds her one true love and risks her life to be with him.  "The Lady of Shalott" by Lord Alfred Tennyson relates to Repunsel in many ways.  In this poem, Tennyson tells a story of isolation.  The woman in this ballad is also doomed to remain on her sheltered island eternally.  If she even looks out at Camelot, she will die.  She finally sees her "red-cross knight" (line 78).  The Lady of Shalott escapes fro...   [tags: Lady of Shalott Essays]

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Life's Lessons in The Once and Future King

- Life's Lessons in The Once and Future King "The best thing for being sad," replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then -- to learn....   [tags: Once and Future King Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice A key feature of the play 'The Merchant Of Venice' is the issue of whether Shylock is a victim or a villain. This issue is raised at many crucial points most of which can be separated into the categories victim or villain. Act 1 Scene 3 displays Shylock as a sensible business man. This is our first introduction of Shylock and therefore produces our first impressions. The first point where Shylocks' character is revealed in detail is during his soliloquy of lines 37 - 48....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Moral Codes of Comitatus and Chivalry

- The Moral Codes of Comitatus and Chivalry Throughout history, there have been different codes of ethics that are often more important to a society that the governing laws of the land. While laws are written standards that people are compelled to abide by for fear of punishment, these codes serve as guideline for how people should live their lives. Two such codes are comitatus as demonstrated in Beowulf and chivalry as depicted in Morte D’Arthur. When the characters in these stories live by the constructs of these social systems, the society flourishes....   [tags: Comitatus Chivalry Ethics Morals Essays]

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Why Walker Percy's Literature Truly Matters

- Why Walker Percy's Literature Truly Matters      Did you ever have one of those days when you just weren't all there. when your body seemed to be doing your whole daily routine automatically. when nothing, not even the things you love most could engage you. I know I have.   Walker Percy refers to this disengaged state as "sunk in everydayness" and as dead in life (The Moviegoer 10). In his novels, Percy relates his fears that many of us are living in this automaton state perpetually without realizing it....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Galahad in French Vulgate Cycle

- Galahad Galahad is an attempt to meld Christian and chivalric ideals in the medieval and Victorian accounts of the Arthurian legend. He first appears in the French Vulgate Cycle, a collection of medieval romances, as the personification of both Christian and chivalric piety, deeply entrenched in Biblical symbolism. Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur upholds Galahad, the quintessential knight, as the embodiment of medieval virtue. Also, in the nineteenth century, as the legend regained popularity, Galahad emerges as the epitome of Victorian moral purity in the works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelite painters....   [tags: Christian Chivalric Ideals Arthurian]

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The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- Fueling the Fire of Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice Jewish people in the Merchant of Venice, a play by William Shakespeare, are characterized by villainy and greed. Later, the Jews are considered saved, when they are brought to justice by forced conversion to Christianity. While some people may think that The Merchant of Venice is a play written to bring sympathy from the audience for the unbelieving Jewish villain, this play is really a work of anti-Semitism because of obvious promotion of hated toward Jewish people, their apparent lack of rights, and sheer lack of respect from anyone else....   [tags: Judaism, Antisemitism, Jews]

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The Lady of Shallot

- The Lady of Shallot Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was known for his pictorial poetry, characterizes as "painterly," "picturesque" with visual detail and images that represent mood, situation and carry emotion" (ENG 103 Lecture on Victorian Age and Literature). The imagery of emotion is especially evident in the poet's depiction of nature, in the form of melancholy. In examining "The Lady of Shallot," the sense of eminent gloom of destiny is illustrated. Through the personification of nature, a vivid glimpse into a lady doomed by her fate....   [tags: Lady of Shalott Essays]

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The Way Love And Sex Plays Apart Through The Medieval Time And Modern Day Caught My Attention

- Back in the Medieval time period, there were so many rules to love; there were rules for how you dressed, the way you talked to one another, and you even had to say things a certain way. Upon researching different topics to discuss, the way love and sex plays apart in the Medieval time and modern day caught my attention. I will be discussing what love was and the influences on how it was performed in the medieval time and how sex plays a part part in it and then compare and contrast it to love and sex in this century....   [tags: Marriage, Sexual intercourse, Human sexuality]

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The Merchant of Venice Should be Studied in High Schools

- Since middle school, I have believed that all of Shakespeare’s works, similar to A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, were plays that one would read to hear a happy, entertaining story; but, it was not until this year, after reading The Merchant of Venice, that I recognized the darker, more sinister, side of Shakespeare’s plays. The Merchant of Venice supports the Jewish, anti-Semitic stereotype as the wicked character of Shylock is developed. Many individuals fear that it is improper to teach and discuss The Merchant of Venice in high school classrooms because of the negative way it presents Jews; however, I believe that it is important to read this controversial play in high schools because...   [tags: Shakespeare, Anti-Semitism]

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Literary Analysis: "Ulysses" and "The Lady of Shalott"

- Tennyson’s abstract poetic structure provides comprehension difficulties in finding a single thematic idea. He intertwines historical allusions, along with deep and person feelings through one piece of work. The organic structure of certain Tennyson poetry presents a tone of uncertainty. While his unconventional works give a more solidified aura. Contrary in structure, mood, and tone, “Ulysses” and “The Lady of Shalott”, harbor the underlying theme of coveting to escape from their idle worlds. The Lady of Shallot was not depicted as an actual character in the land of Camelot....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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William King 's Quest For The Holy Grail

- When comparing the reins of the mediaeval French kings Louis VI and Louis IX the contrarieties in the priorities of the monarch rulers becomes apparent. The actions of King Louis IX are clearly inspired by Christian values while King Louis VI cares less about morals but more about loyalty to his rein. The contrary between the two kings can be seen through the contemporary literature of the time, namely in the characters of Reynard in Reynard the Fox and Lancelot in King Arthur’s Quest for the Holy Grail....   [tags: King Arthur, Holy Grail, House of Capet, Gawain]

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