Le Morte d'Arthur: The Legend of the King
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Le Morte d'Arthur deals with the themes of power, love, and betrayal. It is a political story of a hero who saves the world and then loses it.
In Le Morte d'Arthur, Sir Thomas Malory compiled all the stories of King Arthur and shaped the legend as we know it today.
The original King Arthur might have been an English ruler during the Dark Ages who restored the order of the earlier Roman rule and fought back the barbarians for a period of time.
English rulers have used the Arthurian legend to legitimize their authority by claiming kinship to King Arthur.
The Arthurian warrior was expected to exhibit courage, skill, loyalty, and self-control.
The men and women in Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur have a dual nature in that they are both saints and sinners.
The figure of Merlin embodies the belief in mystery and magic.
Le Morte d'Arthur ends with hope because it implies that Arthur is not dead but is on the island of Avalon and will return some day to rule England.