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Le Morte d'Arthur Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Metzger has a Ph.D., and specializes in literature and drama at the University of New Mexico, where she is a Lecturer in the English Department and an Adjunct Professor in the University Honors Program. In this essay, she discusses how

Le Morte d'Arthur fulfills the requirements of the epic tradition while incorporating all the aspects of a domestic drama into the story line.

Historically, the epic genre derives from the Greek tradition and is the oldest form of Greek literature, existing before drama or history developed. As it evolved from its Greek roots, the epic form was a continuous narrative poem that celebrated the achievements of one or more heroic individuals. Most frequently, the hero or heroes were important personages historically or traditionally. Their exploits, as recounted in the epic, were useful in establishing a national identity. For example, Homer uses Odysseus' journey and triumphs as a...

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