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The Three Major Themes In The Movie Excalibur Are Magic,Power, And Fate

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Matthew Angelo B. Cañeda 9-Diamond Sir Thomas Malory, (flourished c. 1470), English writer whose identity remains uncertain but whose name is famous as that of the author of Le Morte Darthur, the first prose account in English of the rise and fall of the legendary king Arthur and the fellowship of the Round Table.Even in the 16th century Malory's identity was unknown, although there was a tradition that he was a Welshman. In the colophon to Le Morte Darthur the author, calling himself "Syr Thomas Maleore knyght," says that he finished the work in the ninth year of the reign of Edward IV (i.e., March 4, 1469-March 3, 1470) and adds a prayer for "good delyueraunce" from prison. The only known knight at this time with a name like Maleore was Thomas Malory of Newbold Revell in the parish of Monks Kirby,Warwickshire. This Malory was jailed on various occasions during the period 1450-60, but it is not recorded that he was in prison about 1470, ...view middle of the document...

Francis at Grey Friars, near Newgate. (He had been imprisoned in Newgate in 1460.)Malory completed Le Morte Darthur about 1470; it was printed by William Caxton in 1485. The only extant manuscript that predates Caxton's edition is in the British Library, London. It retells the adventures of the knights of the Round Table in chronological sequence from the birth of Arthur. Based on French romances, Malory's account differs from his models in its emphasis on the brotherhood of the knights rather than on courtly love and on the conflicts of loyalty (brought about by the adultery of Lancelot and Guinevere) that finally destroy the fellowship.The entire story of Excalibur is based on three things which intertwine with each other. Those three things are magic, power and fate. Excalibur would not exist with out the magic of the all-powerful Merlin; the town of Camelot would never been created with out the power and strength of Arthur and his men ; and furthermore with out fate Arthur would have never have pulled the sword from the stone. With out these three things to be the center themes, there would be no story of Excalibur.In the movie, "Excalibur" a lot of magical incidents took place, mostly done by Merlin. If not for Merlin, Arthur wouldn't had ever been alive. Merlin is the one that conjoured up "the dragons breath" which allowed Uther to change his own identity in order to have sex with Tintagil's wife , and thus Arthur was born. Excalibur, Uther's sword, was created solely by some sort of magical forces.Merlin uses his magic through out the entire movie. Merlin would never use his magic against his own king, only for the purpose of helping him. Even when Merlin was tricked and then frozen, he was still able to use his magic to become a dream and help Arthur win his battle against Mordred. Just to prove Merlin's intelligence, he used his own mind to trick Morgana into using all of her magic and created the fog which later was used to defeat her own son.The main source or power in "Excalibur" was indeed Excalibur itself. The king wasn't very strong without this special sword which aided him much throughout his rein. With first being King Uther's and then stuck in a stone upon his death for only his blood to take out, then it became Arthur's. With out Excalibur there...

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