Character Analysis

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Critical Character Analysis of King Arthur Name : Critical Character Analysis For : Mrs. Pruyne By : Kyle Burke Date : Tuesday, April 8, 2008
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King Arthur is a unique character in literary history. This is because, for the most part, characters are usually known through their actions as described by the author of the story; however, the King Arthur we know today is an amalgamation of multiple characters. It is for this reason that it is difficult to discern one particular depiction of him or to trace the origins of the actual King Arthur. As such, the character of King Arthur depends greatly on the era, culture, and the particular writer relating their version of the particular Arthurian legend. Three particular Arthurian works where this idea is prevalent is in Nennius’ Historia Brittonum , Sir Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur , and in T.H. White’s The Once and Future King . The first ever record of King Arthur is in the Historia Brittonum . In this book, King Arthur was portrayed as an epic hero who was a magnificent combatant in war. In the Historia Brittonum Nennius stated that Arthur was “chosen twelve times to lead the Celts, Arthur bore the image of the Virgin and won twelve battles, the last being at Mt. Badon, in which he killed 960 of the enemy single- handed.” This proves that Arthur was a fierce and feared competitor who showed magnificent prowess in hand-to-hand
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combat. The reason for Arthur’s portrayal as an epic warrior in the Historia Brittonum can be revealed through analysis of the cultural state of affairs of the time period when
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Maxwell during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Brockport.

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