Video comprehension questions: What are the major themes of Le Morte d'Arthur?



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Le Morte d'Arthur: The Legend of the King


VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

1. What are the major themes of Le Morte d'Arthur?

2. Why is Sir Thomas Malory's masterpiece Le Morte d'Arthur of major importance to literary history?

3. Who might the original King Arthur have been?

4. For what political purpose have English rulers used the Arthurian legend?

5. What were the requirements of the Arthurian warrior?

6. What was the dual nature of the men and women in Malory's tale?

7. What theme does the character of Merlin embody?

8. How does the ending of Le Morte d'Arthur keep hope alive?

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Le Morte d'Arthur: The Legend of the King
VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

1. What are the major themes of Le Morte d'Arthur?

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.



2. Why is Sir Thomas Malory's masterpiece Le Morte d'Arthur of major importance to literary history?

In Le Morte d'Arthur, Sir Thomas Malory compiled all the stories of King Arthur and shaped the legend as we know it today.



3. Who might the original King Arthur have been?

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.



4. For what political purpose have English rulers used the Arthurian legend?

English rulers have used the Arthurian legend to legitimize their authority by claiming kinship to King Arthur.



5. What were the requirements of the Arthurian warrior?

The Arthurian warrior was expected to exhibit courage, skill, loyalty, and self-control.



6. What was the dual nature of the men and women in Malory's tale?

The men and women in Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur have a dual nature in that they are both saints and sinners.



7. What theme does the character of Merlin embody?

The figure of Merlin embodies the belief in mystery and magic.



8. How does the ending of Le Morte d'Arthur keep hope alive?

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.



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