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Le Morte d'Arthur Essay | Critical Essay #2

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Critical Essay #2

In her chapter "Adultery and Killing in

La Mort le roi Artu," Sarah Kay analyzes the unique representation and use of adultery in La Mort as it relates to the taking of life, not property, and how its treatment becomes important to poignant actions in the work.

Insofar as adultery is considered wrongful, in medieval texts, it is often because it is connected in some way with an offence against property. This is either because of the importance laid on legitimate inheritance (which in turn requires wives to be faithful to their husbands), or because of the tendency to see women as themselves a form of property. In La Mort le roi Artu (The Death of King Arthur), however, adultery is presented in relation not to property but to the taking of life. How and why this is so is what this chapter will explore.

The Mort is...

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