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A Comparison Of Malory's Morte D' Arthur And Camelot

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An Epic Hero for Modern TimesIn about 1470, Thomas Malory finished Morte d' Arthur, thefirst of the many legends written about King Arthur. Even in moderntimes, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are a favoritesubject in movies, books, and plays. Often times this is so because theMedieval Period in general, and King Arthur in particular, have an airof mystery, romance, fantasy, and adventure that are popular themes inall times and cultures. I compared Malory's Morte d' Arthur withCamelot, a movie produced in 1967 that stars Richard Harris as KingArthur and Vanessa Redgrave as Guenevere.Camelot covers the period in Arthur's life from when he meetshis future wife Guenevere to the beginning of his siege against SirLancelot's castle in France. The short excerpt of Morte d' Arthur tellsof how King Arthur abandons his assault on Lancelot to defendCamelot and all of England from Mordred. Because Camelot seems toimmediately precede Morte d' Arthur and there is no overlap in thestory, the way the plot is handled in each work cannot be debated. Iwill however, discuss the mood, tone, and characterization of a fewkey figures in the two works.One difference in character that I found was that in theintroduction to Morte d' Arthur, Mordred is referred to as KingArthurs nephew. Later in the text, when Arthur and Mordred arefighting (p. 96, para.1) it says, '. . . so he smote his father King Arthurwith his sword holden in both hands, upon the side of the head . . .'In Camelot, Mordred is Arthur's illegitimate son, although he keepsthis a secret. This possibly explains the contradiction of Mordred'sposition in the two pieces. Another difference in the two works...

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