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“The Day of Destiny” from Le Morte d’Arthur. By Sir Thomas Malory. Arthur’s Dream.

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The day of destiny from le morte d arthur

“The Day of Destiny”from Le Morte d’Arthur

By

Sir Thomas Malory

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Arthur s dream
Arthur’s Dream

  • “He was appareled in gold cloth and seated in a chair which stood on a pivoted scaffold. Below him, many fathoms deep, was a dark well, and in the water swam serpents, dragons, and wild beasts. Suddenly the scaffold tilted and Arthur was flung into the water, where all the creatures struggled toward him and began tearing him limb from limb.” (216)

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Arthur s dream1
Arthur’s Dream

  • Beasts of the water

    • Serpents

      • symbol of evil and deception

        • Sir Modred

  • Foreshadowing the death of King Arthur?

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Arthur s dream2
Arthur’s Dream

  • Vision of Sir Gawain

    • Begs King Arthur not to battle Sir Modred tomorrow.

    • Wait for Lancelot to come back and he will defeat Sir Modred

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Characteristics of king arthur
Characteristics of King Arthur

  • Hero

    • Honorable

    • Brave

    • “Super-natural”

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The snake
The Snake

  • Bites the knight

  • The knight pulls out his sword to kill the serpent

  • As soon as the sword is drawn, both sides see it as an act of war.

  • Because of the serpent, many people die

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The honorable knights
The Honorable Knights

  • The knights give their lives for King Arthur

  • Sir Lucan the Butler

    • Dies trying to comfort and protect King Arthur

  • Sir Bedivere the Bold

    • Lives with the monk to honor King Arthur

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The end of king arthur
The End of King Arthur?

  • Tomb stone inscription:

    • “Here lies Arthur, the once and future king.”

  • Legend

    • Some believe Arthur did not die and the he will return Britain to glory.

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Questions
Questions

  • Which of Arthur’s actions seem to be honorable? Which do not?

  • Why does Sir Thomas Mallory use a snake to cause the battle? To what does this image allude?

  • What is effective about the ambiguous ending of Le Morte d’ Arthur?

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