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So You Want to be a Hero - So You Want to be a Hero: An Account of Heroism and Narrative Power in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Though both considered heroes, Beowulf and Sir Gawain are drastically different characters in personality, ability, and perspective. The similarities are few: each performs deeds for which they gain fame and honor, and each is seen, in their own respects, as a paragon of virtue. Two factors immediately stand out as fundamental differences between the texts: Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight suggest fundamentally disparate views of religion and of courtly manners....   [tags: Essays Papers] 2974 words
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Misogyny in The Canterbury Tales - Misogyny in The Canterbury Tales Although society has advanced dramatically technologically, I feel that we still have a long way to go when it comes to how we view one another. It amazes me that in a society such as ours, that bases its existence on the equality of all people, that misogyny (as it occurred in medieval times) still takes place. A timeless example of misogyny is the objectifying of women, which suggests that a woman's sexual beauty is her only worth. In dealing with this misconstruction, some women, as in the case of Bercilak's wife in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and Alisoun in "The Miller's Tale" from The Canterbury Tales, use their sex appeal to deceive, lure, and,...   [tags: Papers] 1019 words
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The Court of King Arthur - The Court of King Arthur in the Tales of Lanval and Sir Gawain the Green Knight King Arthur shows to be a very provident king who treats his people with a large amount of his riches and fortune. Additionally, the people of his court show to be honest, full of chivalry, and trustworthy. There would seem to be a sort of contract between the king and his subjects: he provides for them, and they, as his most loyal subjects, keep to his standards of honor and civility. The court of King Arthur as described in the tale of Lanval by Marie de France shows to be actually quite similar to the court described in the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight....   [tags: English Literature]
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Made to Order Hero - Made to Order Hero Many times in life we encounter an individual that touches us in some profound way. The relation of this individual to the person they are influencing is as diverse as the personal experiences that causes this admiration. This individual, or hero, can impact and totally change the direction of someone's life. A hero can be anyone, from a professional athlete, to a public service figure, to a relative or parent. Each hero is defined by an individual's definition of what a hero is and should be....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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An Honorable Knight in King Arthur's Court - An Honorable Knight in King Arthur's Court Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In a passage of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Part2, 640-712), the main character sits upon his steed, Gringolet, in front of King Arthurfs court, adorned in golden armor. He is about to depart in order to look for the Green Knight and the Green Chapel since he is the only knight brave enough to take up the Green Knightfs challenge, in which a volunteer is to strike the Green Knightfs head off with an axe, but in return, he has to present himself in the following year to receive a return blow....   [tags: Essays Papers] 638 words
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The Middle Age Morals - Middle Age Morals The Middle Ages were full of kings and queens, princes and princesses. The ones who protected them were the knights. They were to ride with “chivalry, trust, honor, generosity, and courtesy.” (Chaucer, “General Prologue” 142). Most of the knights from The Middle Ages always upheld their moral code; however, some did not. Which leads to the question of, “Were all knights in The Middle Ages moral?” Three knights from Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales and “Sir Gawain the Green Knight” possess both immoral and moral characteristics....   [tags: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales]
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Gender Roles: Men and Women from the Anglo-Saxon to the Renaissance Era Part 2 - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight shows a woman that is seductive toward a man which is not her husband, but only because her husband orders her to. This is proven when: “The lovely lady came laughing sweetly, / Fell over his fair face and fondly kissed him; / Sir Gawain welcomed her worthily and with pressure; / He found her so glorious, so attractively dressed, / So faultless in every feature, her colors so fine / Welling joy rushed up in his heart at once” (58-63). The Lady is trying to seduce Sir Gawain, but he rightfully declines her offer....   [tags: women's rights, world history]
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Compare and contrast images of heroism in these two poems. - Compare and contrast images of heroism in these two poems. Heroism is a trait that we seem to have no problem identifying, yet when asked to define what a hero is a myriad of answers emerge. This phenomenon is not unique to today’s society; the definition of a hero is something that is constantly under revision and debate. An example of this can be seen in two older pieces of English literature: Beowulf, written circa 750-900, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, written circa 1375-1400. These stories both have a main character that possesses heroic qualities, many of which are very similar....   [tags: English Literature] 1417 words
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An Analysis Of British Literature - An Analysis of British Literature Death is inevitable and what happens after death will always be a mystery to the living. For this reason, the afterlife has always been a topic which artists have chosen to explore in their works. Throughout the chronology of British literature, artists have used society's views as a basis to examine the afterlife, and look at it in new ways. The afterlife has been a theme in British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period of Beowulf to the twentieth century writings of Dylan Thomas....   [tags: essays research papers] 2715 words
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Men and Women in British Literature - ... Adam and Eve is the most realistic dramatization of man and woman because it shows that life can be enjoyed if you are not perfect. While it played on the expected roles of men being superior and women being beautiful, it also portrayed the bond that two people may share by using each other’s strengths to better themselves. Milton did a wonderful job portraying women differently than many works by creating Eve in a positive image. While Eve may not have been as smart as other females in literature, she possesses character, morality, and honesty that is not seen in great detail by others....   [tags: portrayal throughout history]
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King Arthur: The Man Behind The Name - King Arthur: The Man Behind The Name King Arthur is a figure surrounded by an aura of myth and mystery. His name evokes visions of knights and gallantry in a bygone era of chivalry and magic. Clear the mist around the myth, however, and the character revealed is a man with flaws like any other. He is human as well as heroic. Arthur has assembled the greatest court of knights in British history, but his own condition and relation to those knights leads to the downfall of his court. Although Arthur and his court are held in highest esteem, time and again he is put into positions where the reader must question just how noble things are in Camelot....   [tags: English Literature Essays]
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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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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] 966 words
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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] 559 words
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Proposal For Movie Making - I heard about your competition through online resources and hear say, and through much thought and intense planning; I would like to make what I believe to be a plausible proposal for the movie screen. My idea stems from a trend that is developing in mainstream film today. Because of the demand for comedies satirizing teen/college culture, the idea of a pot film using the premise of Sir Gawain and Green Knight will be very profitable in the film industry. Firstly, the title of the medieval work I am choosing (SGGK) is blatantly perfect for structuring a satirical pot film comedy....   [tags: Personal Ambition] 553 words
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Herois Tradition throughout British Literature - Herois Tradition throughout British Literature Throughout British Literature, there are many instances of heroism. To be considered a hero by others in the time period of 449 to 1625, you must be, “noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose: especially, one who has risked or sacrificed his life” (Morris 618). Four characters in British Literature that portray heroic traits are Beowulf, Sir Gawain, Macbeth, and the Knight of The Canterbury Tales. Beowulf shows himself worthy of the title of being a hero when he leaves his country to help a neighboring country, Denmark and rid them of the long lasting fear of a malicious monster known as Grendel....   [tags: essays 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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A Knights Chivalry: An Analysis of Chivalry - ... “’You are not Gawain the Glorious,’ the green man said, ‘That never fell back on field in the face of the foe, And now you flee for fear, and have felt no harm: Such news of that knight I never heard yet. I moved not a muscle when you made the strike, nor caviled at the cut in King Arthur’s house; My head fell to my feet, yet steadfast I stood, And you, all unharmed, are wholly dismayed—Wherefore the better man I, By all odds, must be.’” (Page 180 Lines 364-372), is a great example of such believes in the Knights moral Code....   [tags: code, conduct, actions, laws, men]
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Gender Roles in British Literature - A gender role in the time when British literature was being written was very important to the women history. Women were subservient to men in most of the British literature. Some literature women had a little more power than in others. When women were asked to do something by a man there was no way they could say no. the way women were treated then is the equivalent to a housewife now in the Twenty-First century. When a man told them to do something they had to do it. Throughout the literature women started desiring more respect and power....   [tags: The Goblin Market, Macbeth, Beowolf]
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Knights in the Middle Ages - The term “knight” comes from the Algo-Saxon term “cniht”; which means boy. They get this name because they are trained from a young age. Knights are highly trained soldiers who swear loyalty to a certain lord in exchange for land and power. Knighthood flourished in a time before guns and gunpowder, when battles where still won by hand-to-hand combat between heavily armored cavalrymen. Many high-powered lords were also knights, the title given to them by the king. A knight was often a vassal himself; he was given land by a higher ranking person in exchange for his support in battles....   [tags: knight, soldier, lord, chivalry]
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Comparing The Wife of Bath's Tale and The Story of Dame Ragnell - Comparing The Wife of Bath's Tale and The Story of Dame Ragnell The story of Dame Ragnell and "The Wife of Bath's Tale" are works that are very similar yet have differences that set the two apart. The most obvious comparison between the two works is the dilemma faced in each. In both stories a man's life is at stake and all he has to do to be spared is to answer one question. That question has to do with what women really want. Another similarity involves the outcome of each story. The differences between the two stories are revealed in the plots....   [tags: English Literature Essays]
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Techniques Used in the Writing of Metaphysical Poetry - The ideas and techniques of the metaphysical poets were much different from those of some of the earlier poets we have read. This type of poetry was established in the early 17th century England. In metaphysical poetry, an obvious use of sex and sexual innuendos is prevalent, as opposed to earlier times when it was rarely even mentioned. It also was a more realistic variety of poetry and was much less fairytale or fantasy. Another technique of metaphysical poetry was the constant use of intellect and metaphors....   [tags: Jonathan Swift, John Gay, Poets] 595 words
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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] 459 words
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Knighthood and Courtly Love in the Time of King Arthur - Chivalry was considered to be the code of behavior expected of a knight. It was the conduct, ideas, and ideals of the knightly class of the Middle Ages. It became standardized and referred to as chivalry, a term derived from the French word chevalier, meaning knight. The code urged the knight to be brave, courageous, honorable, true to his word, and loyal to his feudal overlord, and to defend his Church. A knight was truthful, honest, capable, educated, physically fit, noble, sincere, and subservient to the king....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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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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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] 1320 words
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Qualities of a Good Leader - ... If he truly cared for the lives of his knights he would have taught them what he knows. He equipped his men with the knowledge and know-how just as God equips us with knowledge and comfort to do His will. Being human Arthur has definitely made some mistakes and poor choices. One thing that led to his down fall was learning the ways of the world and obtaining wisdom and firmness too late. Arthur’s naiveness and optimism in the face of his wife’s betrayal with Lancelot showed his lack of confrontation....   [tags: leading by example]
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Women's Downfall Throughout History - Throughout the world women have been considered second class citizens, especially in British culture. However, were women in absolute subjection to men in reality or only in tradition. Women were treated unfairly to men, referring back to the Bible with Adam and Eve. Eve was tempted by the serpent to eat the fruit from the tree, even though God ordered her not too. Women were considered weak and foolish to men because Eve did not obey the Lord. In the Bible it clearly states that “for Adam was first formed, then Eve....   [tags: religious and cultural bias ]
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The Green Knight and King Arthur - The Green Knight and King Arthur Many British literature writers of the Middle Ages wrote about reality of the Middle Ages including the social, political, and economical styles of writing. During the Middle Ages, chivalry was a big aspect of every day life. Chivalry, a word not rarely used in modern times anymore in the same fashion it was before, is defined as, "the code of life that defined the qualities of knighthood, such as honor, courage, loyalty, and willingness to defined the weak and protect women." (English & Western Literature Text) The Middle Ages were known to be the times of knights, kings, and queens and fighting for their country for pride for the king....   [tags: Papers] 1206 words
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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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King Arthur's Quest for the Holy Grail - The Quest for the Holy Grail was the greatest and noblest of all quests for King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. The Holy Grail was believed to be the cup used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, and it was the cup that caught Christ's blood when he was thrust in the side with a spear at his crucifixion. Joseph of Arimathea, the wealthy man who allowed Christ to be placed in his tomb, is said to have brought the cup with him to Britain, but it was later lost. It was said that the cup disappeared because of the sins of the times, but many believed it to be hidden, and still in England....   [tags: History] 300 words
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Comparing Piety in The Wakefield Mystery Plays, The Book of Margery Kempe, and Le Morte D'Arthur - Comparing Notions of Piety in The Wakefield Mystery Plays, The Book of Margery Kempe, and Le Morte D'Arthur The monastic lifestyle that Launcelot and his knights adopt after their conversion is one that Margery Kempe might approve of -- doing penance, singing mass, fasting, and remaining abstinent. (MdA, 525) But Launcelot's change of heart is not motivated by the emotions that move Kempe, nor is his attitude towards God the same as can be found in The Book of Margery Kempe and The Wakefield Mystery Plays....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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The Death of the Legendary King Arthur - The legend of King Arthur has intrigued generations for over a thousand years. Over these years, this tapestry has been handed down through the hands of many gifted storytellers. Bits and pieces were taken out and replaced by new strands woven in to fabricate a slight variation of the original that’s suitable for the audience or perhaps the storyteller himself. These modifications are evident in the 1981 film of Excalibur and Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur” published in 1485. The film incorporates magical acts while religious allusions are portrayed in the text....   [tags: Literature Review] 538 words
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The Natural - Bernard Malamud was brought up in the mid 1900s, a time period when baseball played a huge role in the lives of many Americans. Americans loved baseball because it gave them a chance to stop working and simply relax while they cheered on their favorite team. It was a time when people played baseball solely for the love of the game and the thrill of hearing the fans cheer for them. Today, however, baseball is much more corrupt, and many athletes are only in it due to their own greed and selfishness....   [tags: Character Analysis ] 1365 words
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Medieval Chivalry - Each different aspect of the code of chivalry held a separate role in society. Whether it be religious or barbaric, chivalry tended to hold a moral guideline among those who followed it. This moral guideline held them true to their duties to man, God, and women (Sex, Society, and Medieval Women). All of which are reflected in the three themes of Chivalry: Warrior chivalry, religious chivalry, and courtly love chivalry (Sex, Society, and Medieval Women). These three hold their individual roles, all stimulating a different part of the mind and creating a code held by all areas of life in those who hold it....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Chivalry - Chivalry was a major quality that people wanted to live up to between the twelfth and fifteenth century. Chivalry meant that a person had to be brave, courteous, generous, gallant, show respect for women, and have excellent manners on a daily basis. Chivalry was a hard quality for people to accept and be able to perform on a daily basest, but it was still a quality that many people had a lot of respect for, and wanted to have. People even started writing short stories about chivalry, and the different warriors in there fancy armor....   [tags: essays research papers] 807 words
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King Arthur - King Arthur Character Analysis The character of King Arthur is unique in literature. Most characters are known through their actions and words as described by the author of a story. Arthur, however, is a conglomerate of characters described by many different authors over a fifteen hundred year span. There is no single depiction of him, and one cannot trace his origin to a single author for the "definitive" description. As such, the character of Arthur is different depending on the era, culture, and the particular writer who is relating his version of the Arthurian legend....   [tags: King Arthur Essays]
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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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Women in Beowulf and Arthurian Legend - Women in Beowulf and Arthurian Legend A common theme in the stories we have read is that glory, happiness, and success come in cycles (this theme is commonly represented as "the wheel of fortune"). This theme is present in the Arthurian tales, as well as in Beowulf. Each story tells a tale (or part of a tale) of a rise to glory, and the proceeding fall to disarray. The men always were the kings and warriors, but the women played different roles in the different stories. The women of Beowulf were used to bind up peace (or were peaceful women), whereas the women of Arthurian legend tended to disturb the peace and cause strife....   [tags: Females Beowulf Arthurian Legend Essays] 1281 words
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The Many Faces of Pride - The Many Faces of Pride    Pride is idolatry, boastfulness, and the failure to recognize deficiencies (Peters 87).  With time, people have become more accepting of pride in their societies.  This progression of acceptance has led to alterations in the definition.  It is the slight tweakings of the definition that have allowed us to perceive pride as a deadly sin and simultaneously an essential for success.         The beginning of all sin occurred when Eve listened to the evil snake, in the garden of Eden, who told her that she could acquire God's knowledge (Peters 87).  God forbid Eve to eat the apple of knowledge, but she did regardless.  Eve committed the first sin of humank...   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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King Arthur - The Coming of Arthur The Two Swords- Arthur pulls a sword from a stone and becomes king. Then he goes to the Lady of the Lake and she gives him the sword Excalibur and the magic scabbard. Balyn and Balan- Balyn gets a cursed sword and kills the Lady of the Lake. He goes after Garlon the invisible evil night and finds the Castel Carbonek. He stricks King Pelles with the Dolorous Stroke then fights his brother unknowingly and they kill each other. The First Quest of the Round Table- King Arthur marries Guinevere on Pentecost and Sir Gawine, Sir Tor, and King Pellinore go on the first quest of the Round Table....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1137 words
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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 Law of Chevalrie: Courtly Love - ... Courtly romance was read in courts frequently, stories that told of the ideal knight. Kaeuper states, “…they advance ideals for what chivalry should become… more often than they mirror an ideal already transformed into social reality” (CVME 33). These ideals were spread to both sexes and all statuses. Although it is said that women were mainly the audience of these works, it is safe to assume that men were also audience (either that, or women had a fascination with the violence of war that is frequently depicted in romances)....   [tags: knights of the anglo-saxon era]
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Books Are Humanity in Print - British Lit Final Exam May 26, 2010 Books Are Humanity in Print, The human race is known for change; it has evolved from prehistoric ‘cavemen’, ancient empires, and Vikings to aristocratic monarchies, democracies, and dictatorships. With each passing year, there are technological advancements, changing political platforms, and a progressively mobile worldwide population. Each literary era reflects the human feats, lifestyles, and changing times: Anglo-Saxon epics consist of glory battle scenes, bloodied warriors, and feuding countries; Middle English works consist of glorified knights, the chivalric code, and a greedy, materialistic court; and, modern literary classics depict worlds of whi...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Long Live the King - Arthur, King of the Britons, is a literary character known for creating a peaceful Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Some like to believe he is real, and for centuries historians and conspiracy theorists alike have been attempting to find relics of Arthur at places like Cadbury Hill and the Isle of Glass. Though Arthur cannot be proven because he is fictional, he is a very popular subject for authors and screenwriters. Books such as The Once and Future King by T. H. White have been renowned as classics by many, and there had been much popularity found in movies, TV shows, and musicals, such as the film Excalibur, BBC's Merlin, and Monty Python's Spamalot....   [tags: King Arthur, Camelot, Character Analysis]
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The Female Spell-caster in Middle English Romances: Heretical Outsider or Political Insider - The Female Spell-caster in Middle English Romances: Heretical Outsider or Political Insider Historically, the relationship between heresy and spell-casting is difficult to define.1 For example, H. A. Kelly points out that sorcery and heresy were not formally linked in England.2 They were regarded as separate crimes, although burning (especially after the 1401 Statute passed by Parliament) could be the punishment for both crimes. Certainly, English romances from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries do not explicitly relate sorcery and heresy....   [tags: Essays Papers] 4243 words
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British Literature Women Of Lo - The star football player was about to be forced off the team because of poor academic grades. In desperation, the coach approached the Dean of the college and swore on his honor that he would give the lad a final exam in one of his subjects, and if the boy didn’t pass he would take him from the team immediately. The night before the big game the coach met with the boy to test him. “What,” asked the coach, “is the name of the first recorded piece of British Literature?” “Coach,” replied the boy, “I don’t have the slightest idea.” “That’s right!” exclaimed the coach, “You don’t....   [tags: essays research papers] 2560 words
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