Compare And Contrast Monty Python And The Holy Grail

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a satirical film produced in 1975 by Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Eric Idle. Le Morte D’ Arthur is as a story of betrayal, and lust translated by Thomas Malory. Both the creators of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the author of Le Morte D' Arthur focused on the legend of Mature Arthur and his “Knights of the Round Table.” However, the interpretations and expressions of the legend itself were extremely different within each of these two renditions. The creators of Monty Python and the Holy Grail made the characters seem quite ridiculous in order to convey a much more comical tone and message while the author of Le Morte D’Arthur used the knight’s corruption and sinfulness to bring forward the idea that the English…show more content…
Monty Python and the Holy Grail’s creators emphasized carelessness and cowardice. The knights ran away in fear, killed innocent civilians, and argued over nonsense. Every component of this Arthurian Legend was twisted around in order to satirize the story. For example, Arthur’s battle with the Black Knight was an important component of the legend conveyed in a completely different light. The fight was hilarious rather than glorious. Arthur easily cut the Black Knight’s limbs for his body one by one. As Arthur continued to dismember the Black Knight he still argued with Arthur that he would win while denying his injury altogether. He shouted phrases such as “Tis but a scratch”, “The Black Knight always triumphs”, and “I am invincible” despite being easily defeated (Jones). This is quite unique because many other renditions of the character showcased him as a noble warrior. The producers of Monty Python and the Holy Grail portrayed The Black Knight in this way to satirize these previous interpretations. Satire was chosen in order to showcase the idea that people (especially nobility) often
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