Arthurian Film Analysis

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  • Topic: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Le Morte d'Arthur, Excalibur
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Le Morte d’Arthur VS. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
In a comparison between the book Le Morte d’Arthur and the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, we can see a major difference in the story telling of the legend of King Arthur. In the book Le Morte d’Arthur, the author Sir Thomas Malory tells us the story of King Arthur in a serious manner and in a way that makes us feel that the entire book is real and that the legend of King Arthur did exist. In contrast to Le Morte d’Arthur, Monty Python and the Holy Grail tells the story in a comedic way and it is not realistic. Moreover, unlike Morte d’Arthur, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is out of order and the characters in this movie are quite silly. Sir Thomas Malory tells the legend of King Arthur in a serious way. He describes the story in such a fascinating and appealing way that it seems like he was by King Arthur’s side in every adventure. Unlike the book, the movie tells the story in a very ridiculous way, portraying King Arthur and his noble knights as silly characters. For example, King Arthur and his knight pretend to ride on a horse by skipping around and banging coconuts together to make horse sound. Another example of the novie ridiculousness is that the helmet on the knight’s head looks like a trash can. On top of that, in this movie Camelot is not even a real place, it is just a model. Le Morte d’Arthur expresses the story of the great king, King Arthur, and his Knights of the Round Table in a noble and heroic way. In the book, King Arthur is like a Godly figure. He is portrayed as the best king in the world, who everyone knows and respects. In the book he and the Knights of the Round Table in the book are considered the best of the best. For example, we can see that when King Arthur pulls out the sword from the stone that no one could to get, everyone views King Arthur as a God. However, in contrast, the movie shows that King Arthur does not get as much respect as he...
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