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  • King Arthur - 500 words
    The uglier the truth the truer the friend is a statement that has been echoed throughout the history of time. In "Camelot", King Arthur experienced this quotation first hand. Even though "Camelot" is a fictional movie, the same situation that befell King Arthur really occurs Just by looking at Pellinore, you would not think that he was a trustworthy man. Dirty, hair uncombed, dingy clothes are all words that could be used to describe Pellinore's appearance. But as the old saying goes "Don't judge a book by its cover" and you should not judge Pellinore by his looks. King Arthur had so many "Yes men" in his court, that he could not depend on them to tell him the truth because they were to worr ...
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  • King Arthur - 1,852 words
    ... gends of King Arthur of Britain and his Knights of the Round Table, among the most popular and beloved of all time, originated in the Middle Ages. As they do today, medieval people listened to the accounts of Arthur with fascination and awe. It is certain that popular folktales were told about a hero named Arthur throughout the Celtic parts of the British Isles and France, especially in Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany (Lunt 76). Other stories of chivalry that did not include Arthur existed in this time period as well. Although these stories were not recorded at first, they were known as far away as Italy, where mosaics and carvings depict Arthurian characters. The tales are often mentioned ...
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  • King Arthur - 1,110 words
    From the very beginning of our literary heritage there have been legends of many heroes, kings and Gods. King Arthur is perhaps the best known and most enduring character of all of these legendary figures. This essay aims to explore one aspect of the legend, namely the death of King Arthur. There has been a lot of material written about the legendary King Arthur and although he has been a popular figure inliterature for over 800 years, not a lot is known about the real Arthur. It is believed that Arthur was a 5the-century British King named Riothamus (meaning "high king") who ruled from 454 - 470 A.D. and led an army into Gaul where he was defeated by the Goths of Burgundy. Two men by the na ...
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  • King Arthur - 1,098 words
    ... Cambrensis' De Principis Instructione in which we are told that Arthur's grave has indeed been found in Glastonbury, also known as the Isle of Avalon. The Gesta Regum Anglorum (Deeds of the English Kings). contains the hint that Arthur is not dead but may return: "But the tomb of Arthur is nowhere seen, whence ancient dirges still fable his coming". In 1125, a tomb had yet to be found. The bridge between the fairly simple early material and the more complex later material is Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Brittaniae (History of the Kings of Britain) written c. 1136. In this one work is the basis for almost all of the Arthurian legends that we know today. In it also is the basis fo ...
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  • Compare And Contrast The Epic Of Gilgamesh And The Legend Of King Arthur - 959 words
    The Epic of Gilgamesh has many similarities to The Legend of King Arthur. Although Gilgamesh and King Arthur have comparison they also have differences. The main difference is that one is an Epic and the other is a Legend. To compare and contrast The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Legend of King Arthor, one must first know what the words, "Epic" and "Legend" mean. Primarily, "epic" is a long narrative poem about the deeds of a semi-god, also known as a superhuman hero who's actions are depended on as the fate of a nation, tribe or a human race. This usually consists of an adventure filled plot and is concerned with timeless human problems such as honour, jealousy, war and hatred. These contain go ...
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  • Mark Twain - 1,447 words
    MARK TWAIN a.k.a. Samuel Langhorne Clemens "Mark Twain, which is a pseudonym for Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was born in 1835, and died in 1910. He was an american writer and humorist. Maybe one of the reasons Twain will be remembered is because his writings contained morals and positive views. Because Twain's writing is so descriptive, people look to his books for realistic interpretations of places, for his memorable characters, and his ability to describe his hatred for hypocrisy and oppression. HE believed he could write. Most authors relied on other people and what they said, but because Twain was so solitary, he made himself so successful. 1" "When he was younger, his family moved. When ...
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  • Beck - 1,259 words
    Well in this short report on John Steinbeck I am about to include all of the work that I have done in this class Including my full report on one of his books, a little background on Mr. Steinbeck and many other things, All out of the mind and the computer of Jeremy Slaven. An American author and winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize for literature, John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr., b. Salinas, Calif., Feb. 27, 1902, d. Dec. 20, 1968, based most of his novels on the American experience, often with sympathetic focus on the poor, the eccentric, or the dispossessed. Steinbeck grew up in Salinas Valley, a rich agricultural area of Monterey County and the setting of many of his works, where he learned firsthand ...
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  • Samuel Clemens Mark Twain - 1,072 words
    Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), American writer and humorist, whose best work is characterized by broad, often irreverent humor or biting social satire. Twain's writing is also known for realism of place and language, memorable characters, and hatred of hypocrisy and oppression. Born in Florida, Missouri, Clemens moved with his family to Hannibal, Missouri, a port on the Mississippi River, when he was four years old. There he received a public school education. After the death of his father in 1847, Clemens was apprenticed to two Hannibal printers, and in 1851 he began setting type for and contributing sketches to his brother Orion's Hannibal Journal. Subsequently he worked as a printe ...
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  • Disney Legends - 686 words
    Disney movies have always created various stories based upon legends. To name a few: Hercules, Pocahontas, and The Sword in the Stone. The characters in these movies have shown various characteristics that possess values that are thought of as great, even years after this these films have been released. Disney has not always shown all of the various eras of time in which legends were to have taken place. These have been shown in the Medieval, American Frontier, and even Ancient Greco-Roman time. Legends often reflect the beliefs and values of their culture. During the era of Medieval England, characters have shown bravery as in The Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake, where Sir Launcelot fought al ...
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  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Essay - 1,132 words
    "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is a poem written by a poet (name unknown) approximately 6000 years ago in the late 1300's in the medieval times. This story was originally written in medieval literature with a real unique rhyme scheme, but was translated later in time to regular English for high school students and researchers to study and read. The story begins during the New Year's feast in King Arthur's court. Then a green knight enters asking all of the knights in the court if they would like to play a game. The game is he will allow which ever knight that chooses to challenge him one swing with a battle ax to try and chop off his head, but in order to play the game, the accepting knig ...
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  • The Crystal Cave - 990 words
    If the name Merlin were spoken, many would immediately connect the name to the legendary magician that served King Arthur. Many variations of this legendary magician have been passed down through the ages, but only one makes the reader connect with Merlin as a man and not just a magician. In the book The Crystal Cave Mary Stewart makes the reader see that Merlin is not just a magician, he is first and foremost a man. Throughout the book the author sucks the reader in to the life of this man, and using imagery and characterization makes him feel that he is actually there watching the life of Merlin unravel. From the very first page of The Crystal Cave the reader is transported into the book w ...
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  • Mark Twain - 723 words
    On November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri the sixth child of John and Jane Clemens was born, Samuel Langhorne. Four years later the family moved to Hannibal, the place Clemens spent his boyhood years. His town was located on the bank of the Mississippi River to which the boy had strong ties. The steamboats on the river made Clemens dream of becoming a steamboat pilot. One short year after his father's death in 1847, Samuel became apprentice to printer Joseph Ament, the publisher of the Missouri Courier. By the age of sixteen he wrote his first published sketches and worked as a printer for the Hannibal Western Union. Two years later he was in New York and Philadelphia working as a printer fo ...
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  • A Historiography Of - 2,564 words
    The tales of the Arthurian legend are some of the most popular from medieval times, and the reason for this is primarily due to their fabulous nature. In them are the exploits of heroes and the machinations of villains, the workings of sorcerers and the existence of magical objects. They embody the noble themes of chivalry and sacrifice, as well as those of revenge and evil. Action, violence, and sex are all included, and as shall be seen, there are many religious connotations as well. There are probably few people who are not familiar with the Quest for the Holy Grail, even if it is from exposure to the movie by Monty Python. The tales as most people know them, however, are the end result o ...
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  • The Assassination Of Jfk - 1,410 words
    The Assassination of John F. Kennedy The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 is an event in American History that is often remembered. John F. Kennedy's assassination hit the world with the biggest shock of the 1960's. This became a world event because televison broadcasted the assassination and the funeral. In this way, his assassination touched everyone's heart and made the world come together to personally grieve for the end of Camelot'. Even people today who were not alive at the time of the assassination are still intrigued by the life and death of John F. Kennedy. The intrigue often extends to the entire Kennedy family. This essay will give you the facts about the ass ...
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  • The Assassination Of Jfk - 1,403 words
    ... cause televison broadcasted the assassination and the funeral. In this way, his assassination touched everyone's heart and made the world come together to personally grieve for the end of Camelot'. Even people today who were not alive at the time of the assassination are still intrigued by the life and death of John F. Kennedy. The intrigue often extends to the entire Kennedy family. This essay will give you the facts about the assassination, illuminate how the American people reacted at the time, analyze why they reacted as they did and why almost forty years later, John F. Kennedy and his family continue to be of such great interest to many. On November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m. a man wit ...
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  • The Truth Behind The Arthurian Legend - 1,797 words
    In scores of languages and shaped to all sorts of storytelling genres, from medieval epic to modern musical, tales of Arthur and his knights have been enthralling people for more than a thousand years (Alexander 1). The question is, however, how much truth is there behind the Arthurian Legend? King Arthur, Camelot, and the Round Table are three of the central elements in the tales that are told of this great era, but the legend does not reveal the whole truth. It is believed by many scholars who have long studied the Arthurian legend that Camelot and the others were real in a sense at some point in time, and over the last 500 years their actual deeds developed into the legendary tales that a ...
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  • Supernatural - 1,431 words
    In Arthurian Legends, supernatural phenomenon plays a major role. Such phenomenon may include magic and other worldly beasts. Merlin and an animal known as the Griffin are prime examples of the paranormal. These events and creatures help to enhance the story and force people to use their imaginations. The role of the supernatural is an essential element portrayed in all Arthurian Legends. Magic or events caused by wizardry and witchcraft are encountered in Arthurian Legends. Both Merlin and Queen Morgause practice the art of magic. However, unlike Queen Morgause who has an interest in Black Magic, Merlin practices White Magic. He has a huge impact on King Arthurs life, especially when he pre ...
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  • Chilvarly - 1,457 words
    Chilvalry is the most significant concept throughout history. Chivalry, in its formal code, came to exist in the Middle Ages around the 12th century. It is not clear as to whether the Romans, the Franks, or the Germans gave rise to chivalry, but each culture brought the seeds of conduct with them. The formal code was based on knightly conduct, with special emphasis on the courtly manners towards women. Chivalry was such an important aspect of morality that the church became heavily involved. The church used the code of chivalry to reshape the idea of the social warrior. In doing this, the church wanted citizens to identify with virtue, military excellence with courtesy, a sense of justice, p ...
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  • Analysis On Sir Gawain - 803 words
    As with so many stories written in the Middle Ages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is filled with wonders, magic and knightly pursuit of fame and nobility. It combines folklore and romance as does, according to The Norton Anthology, no other known work. The character of the Green Knight fascinates and amuses. Most people would not think of it as an Arthurian-time creature. The Green Man in fact, is a part of an ancient folklore where the beheading of a green man would assure the return of spring next year. The passage that I am discussing takes place almost a year after the Green Knight has visited King Arthur's court to challenge the court. He has specifically challenged Sir Gawain who step ...
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  • The Passing Of Arthur And Excalibur - 1,092 words
    John Boorman adapted the Passing of Arthur in the movie Excalibur. Movies are not the only adaptations of Tennysons poem but there are several art and music adaptations. Examples of these adaptations include music by Loreena McKennit and paintings by John William Waterhouse, Howard Pyle and Arthur Rackham. In Bela Balazss Art Form and Material Balazs states that a good adaptation is a reinterpretation of the original. Boorman uses nature and color to recreate the atmosphere of the original text. These techniques enhance the richness of the movie, provide a more in depth view of Arthurs life and make the Tennysons descriptive writing allows the reader to form detailed pictures. The atmosphere ...
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