Allegory And Exemplum In Arthurian Legend

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Allegory and Exemplum in Arthurian Legend It is a rarity to read a piece of literature that does not host an underlying message. Bias in works of literature exists in many forms, but the most universal bias is religion. In Arthurian legend, the Code of Chivalry generated moral standards everyone should strive to live by. Arthurian Knights are supposed to be superior. The knights are to live by the highest standards of life, the roots of which are in Christianity. Arthurian legend, arguably, was created to set a standard of moral codes. However, the reason for creating Arthurian legend is more than just for a moral compass; the monks who originated the tale’s purpose was to create a means of promoting Christianity and ideals of the religion. Arthurian legend has many elements of Christianity. Blatantly obvious elements exist such as the Holy Grail, originally from the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, and the mark of the Holy Trinity: the mark of three. The search for the Holy Sangreal, however, is not about seeking glory as many interpretations present it. Seeking the grail is about striving for Christian virtue. A knight is challenged throughout the journey for the grail by challenging his character. Lancelot, for example, is on a constant quest for the Grail. He never achieves his goal, but he reaches a grander success: “[…] the point of a greater achievement than any he could have known…” (Williams). The Grail, which appeared in the New Testament of the Bible, is symbol of the virtue of purity and great achievement. With the search for the grail, a knight is able to develop a stronger foundation in themselves and their religion, which in turn brings a knight closer to God. It is undeniable that Christianity influenced the legend. The legend shows how allegorical elements are connected through religion. The Holy Trinity appears in several different stories in

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