Medieval Romance and Le Morte D’Arthur Arthurian Legends
Reflect: Create a chart like the one below to reflect the strengths/weaknesses of Gawain & Beowulf
Arthur the Archetype • Archetype: the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies • A typical romantic hero • Born under mysterious circumstances • Grows up in obscurity • Undergoes a childhood initiation involving a magic weapon • Aided by magic weapons and wise mentors • Mysterious events surround his departure from the world suggesting a return
Superman’s origins • Superman is born Kal-El on the alien planet Krypton. • His parents, Jor-El and Lara become aware of Krypton's impending destruction and send their baby to earth. • Parents die; spacecraft carrying baby escapes. • The explosion transforms planetary debris into kryptonite, a radioactive substance that is lethal to superpowered (as by Earth's yellow sun) Kryptonians. • The spacecraft lands in the rural US where a couple named, Kents, adopt the baby and name him Clark. • Discovers his powers and is taught to use them for good
Le Morte D’Arthur • Morte: Death • Page 171 Purple book; page
Reading Check: • What does Arthur dream on Trinity Sunday? • How is the truce between Arthur and Mordred disturbed? • What is Sir Lucan’s advice to Arthur? • What does Arhtur do? • What happens between Arthur and Mordred? • Where does Bedivere take the wounded king? • What happens to Bedivere?
Romance Motifs in Le’ Morte… • Motif: word, character, object, image, metaphor, idea that recurs in a work or in works of literature
Comparing works • (a) Explain which of these elements of romance is least emphasized in Sir Gawain: • chivalry • a far-off setting • the supernatural • Adventure • love • (b) Which is least emphasized in Morte d’Arthur?
Comparing works • 2. Compare the characterization of Gawain in lines 459–477 of Sir Gawain with Malory’s description of Bedivere as he reacts to Arthur’s imminent death. Use a graphic organizer like the one below.