Morte Darthur - In Sir Thomas Malorys Le Morte Darthur, the...

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In Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur , the Knights of the Round Table betray, kill, commit acts of adultery, and often die for doing so . But throughout the epic tale of debauchery, King Arthur himself remains a good and honest king . While Lancelot is sleeping with Arthur’s wife and massacring innocents in the name of love, Arthur is dealing with his bastard son Mordred . Obviously feeling sorry for his son’s illegitimacy, Arthur heeds his every word, allowing him to twist the kingdom out of shape for his own gain . Out of all the violent characters in the story, Arthur’s unfortunate son was the one to bring down the house in the end . In the grand scheme of things, Mordred, one of Arthur’s own, is his only downfall . In the beginning of part eight, Mordred is found to harbor a certain hatred towards his queen Guinevere and the hopeless romantic, Lancelot . Upon hearing of the affair taking place Mordred wastes little time airing it out in front of a gallery of knights, making the issue much better known than it should have been . Incidentally, the idea of making love public is in direct violation of the rules of courtly love . Sir Malory would obviously know about this, as he had been jailed on two accounts of rape . Despite the wishes of Gawain, Gareth, and the other knights to keep it secret to prevent any scandal, Mordred and Agravain took up the issue with King Arthur himself, “My lord,’ said sir Agravain, ‘I shall tell you, for I may keep it no longer . Here is I and my brother sir Mordred broke unto my brother sir Gawain, sir Gaheris and to sir Gareth; for this is all, to make it short: we know all that sir Lancelot holdeth your queen, and done long, and we be your sister’s sons, we may suffer it no longer,” (Malory, 101) .
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