Lecture #6.docx

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Published on 20 Apr 2013
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UTSC
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English
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ENGB31
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ENGB31 lecture 6
Midterm: compare two Arthurian characters, adventures or themes; one
must be medieval: Sir Gawain or Malory
Le morte de Arthur continued
Is this the Arthur you were expecting?
-Merlin always has the answer; Arthur may be the King but he is very
dependent on Merlin and his powers.
-It seems as though Merlin manipulates situations; its not that Merlin is on
the out skirts doing magic, he actually intervenes and uses his magic and
manipulates situations; this raises the suspicions.
-Merlin manipulates Arthur and tells him only what he needs to know
-He is essentially a guide and a counselor to Arthur.
-Merlin tends to put Arthur in his place which shows how Arthur isn’t really
as powerful as he thinks.
How does Malory present Merlin and magic?
Shows that men are interchangeable
-even though the characters seem to have specific fates they are also all
interchangeable in terms of their stories
-essentially it doesn’t matter who carries out the action, the end must be the
same.
Arthur and Accolon:
How does the fight enhance our understanding of Arthur?
-Ultimately it’s the intervention of nyneve that solves the problem for Arthur
-page 61: We are being shown here that Arthur can fight with his ‘scalabour’?
And that he is a really good fighter
-Accalon we find cannot replicate that power
- This was the moment that he became heroic
-He has proven himself which is what this story needs him to do at this point
What are the roles of Morgan le Fay and Nyneve?
-Morgan Le Fay steals the sword and tries to kill her own husband with his
own sword we see her being physically violent
-The villainous and powerful woman is portrayed
-The power they possess depends on magic
- Magic gets gendered
Oath of the round table is established: ‘only to fight in just causes, at all times
to be merciful, at all times to put the service of ladies foremost”
-the oath is a civilizing moment for the ladies
Ritualized violence
Kinship
As in SGGK will individuals live up to the code? What constitutes a just cause?
Nationalistic fantasy Arthur is liberating people from the Romans
He defeats Kings from all around the world
IT is the high point of Arthurs Career
What Malory does is move this story to the front of the cycle
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Midterm: compare two arthurian characters, adventures or themes; one must be medieval: sir gawain or malory. Merlin always has the answer; arthur may be the king but he is very dependent on merlin and his powers. It seems as though merlin manipulates situations; its not that merlin is on the out skirts doing magic, he actually intervenes and uses his magic and manipulates situations; this raises the suspicions. Merlin manipulates arthur and tells him only what he needs to know. He is essentially a guide and a counselor to arthur. Merlin tends to put arthur in his place which shows how arthur isn"t really as powerful as he thinks. Even though the characters seem to have specific fates they are also all interchangeable in terms of their stories. Essentially it doesn"t matter who carries out the action, the end must be the same. Ultimately it"s the intervention of nyneve that solves the problem for arthur.

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