Medieval Romance and Le
Reflect: Create a chart like the one below to reflect
the strengths/weaknesses of Gawain & Beowulf
How do we try to keep heroes alive?
Movies and TV shows
Arthur the Archetype
Archetype: the original pattern or model of
which all things of the same type are
representations or copies
A typical romantic hero
Born under mysterious circumstances
Grows up in obscurity
Undergoes a childhood initiation involving a magic
Aided by magic weapons and wise mentors
Mysterious events surround his departure from the
world suggesting a return
Superman is born Kal-El on the alien
His parents, Jor-El and Lara become
aware of Krypton's impending
destruction and send their baby to earth.
Parents die; spacecraft carrying baby
The explosion transforms planetary
debris into kryptonite, a radioactive
substance that is lethal to superpowered
(as by Earth's yellow sun) Kryptonians.
The spacecraft lands in the rural US
where a couple named, Kents, adopt the
baby and name him Clark.
Discovers his powers and is taught to
use them for good
Le Morte D’Arthur
Page 171 Purple book; page
What does Arthur dream on Trinity Sunday?
How is the truce between Arthur and Mordred
What is Sir Lucan’s advice to Arthur?
What does Arhtur do?
What happens between Arthur and Mordred?
Where does Bedivere take the wounded king?
What happens to Bedivere?
Romance Motifs in Le’ Morte…
Motif: word, character, object, image,
metaphor, idea that recurs in a work or in
works of literature
1. (a) Explain which of these elements of
romance is least emphasized in Sir Gawain:
a far-off setting
(b) Which is least emphasized in Morte
2. Compare the characterization of
Gawain in lines 459–477 of Sir Gawain
with Malory’s description of Bedivere as
he reacts to Arthur’s imminent death.
Use a graphic organizer like the one