Monty Python And The Quest For The Holy Grail Analysis

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Medieval narratives were full of serious events, royalty, battles, and adventure. In the movie, “Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail,” everything is changed into a mockery. The events in the narratives that once seemed so serious become a joke. The battles that had meaning now are humorous and the “noble quests” are more of a child’s made up adventure. Chivalry is dead, and it does not even seem like it ever existed. The themes of medieval narratives compared to the themes in the movie greatly differ. In the beginning of the movie, the viewer can tell that medieval literature will be mocked throughout. The opening stanzas of a medieval epic set the tone of the story that is about to be told. The film establishes that the tone will be humorous by starting off with a funny musical scene. The knights are also seen as not so courageous and knightly. They ride on “horseback”-- which is actually them galloping on foot while their hands hold invisible reigns. Throughout the movie, they pretend to be on horses and it shows the mockery of how knights were told as in medieval narratives. In the scene when the bunny was guarding the path, the knights became cowardly. They hid behind a …show more content…

Usually, the man would try and get the woman to marry him. Even if rejected, the man would still pursue the love of the woman. Men would sometimes even battle over who could have the woman. However, in the movie, the son of the King is the one rejecting love. He is being forced to marry a woman whom he does not want to love. He is kept in a tower, and guarded by knights to make sure he does not escape. He writes a letter and sends it out with an arrow for someone to come and save him from being married. This would never happen in medieval literature, because the woman would always be the one being forced to marry a man and be in distress over

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