The Mythical Context of Magic as an influential power on the plot development in Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur

Baker Mohammad Jamil Bani-Khair

Abstract


This paper studies the mythical context of magic in Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur through a critical lens that focuses the light on plot development and the use of suspense throughout the novel. The study places the emphasis on a major character named "Merlyn" who seems to have a great influence on the plot and actions of the novel through his devilish and mythical prophecies about characters and places. The context of magic is quite essential in understanding the nature and structure of fantasies that all yield a huge amount of suspense, in addition to its historical, social, and traditional significance. 


Keywords


Devilish, magic, Le Morte Darthur, Supernatural, Thomas Malory, Fantasy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.alls.v.8n.6p.155

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