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Modernity and Timelessness of Arthurian Legend

We will explore the different adaptations of the Arthurian Legend, as well as the question of why we keep rehashing this same story.

Jonathan George

on 10 June 2013

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Modern Adaptations of Arthurian Legend Historicity and History The Legend Stats: Born of King Uther Pendragon and Igraine, duchess of Cornwall
Mentored by Merlin (Merlyn) and raised by Sir Ector of ???
Sword in the Stone
Round Table
Married to Guinevere
Related to Morgan(a le Fey)
Carried off to Avalon Forest Sauvage? Owned land in London and in the country That Adulteress! Sister? Half-Sister? Lover? Who knows?! The Man Many different theories All agree his name was Arturius or Artiur He lived in Post-Roman Britannia Could be Welsh Could also be Scottish (best evidence) Most widely adapted works are by Geoffrey of Monmouth, and Sir Thomas Malory Why Are They (still) Popular? a. Just a really good story b. Jungian Archetypes The Adaptations T.H. White and Walt Disney The Once and Future King A fictional story from the Point of View of Arthur Starts in his late childhood, living as Sir Kay's squire,and leading up to his eventual pulling the sword from the stone. Then, the story continues to include Arthur's reign, and Guinevere's adulterous affair with Lancelot. T.H. White's Story is loosely based on Malory's "Le Morte D'Arthur", but adds new details and rehashes some of the events Ends before the final battle, though. In the 1960's, Disney retold the first part of White's version of the boy Arthur's humble beginnings Monty Python and the Holy Grail A parody of Book IV of "Le Morte D'Arthur"

"The Noble Tale of the Sangreal" What makes this particular adaptation different, is that there is an actual portrayal of the peasantry. Merlin Origins of Merlin Portrayed as a young man that would become Arthur's protector. King Arthur The most recent adaptation Closely follows Geoffrey of Monmouth's "Historia Regum Britanniae" Mists of Avalon Retelling of legends through perspectives of female characters Morgaine is a sympathetic, multi-faceted character http://www.firstfoot.com/scotchmyth/arthur.htm
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