The tales worth telling: a thematic comparison of Homer's Iliad and Malory's Morte DArthur
Bachelor of Arts
English & Theatre Studies
Despite the many thematic similarities between Homer’s Iliad and Malory’s Morte Darthur, scholarship comparing the two works is decidedly limited. The aim of this research is an attempt to provide an in-depth analysis and comparison of each work to unveil the reason why both texts have remained relevant even today. What is made clear through this analysis is the importance of the mortal characters, most notably the imperfect heroes who come to be defined as such based on very similar codes of heroism. Helen and Guinevere will also be discussed, as their relationships with the heroes reflect a prominent fear both texts propagate–that female sexuality, while a powerful force, is destructive and should be feared. Ultimately, it is the tragic nature of these texts that ensure their lasting legacy.
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