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IMAGINATION IN MORTE D ARTHURA recurring theme in Sir Thomas Malorys Morte d Arthur is the use of imaginative descriptions of characters and settings Imagination is what the reader of the story must use to form his or her own mental images of a situation and the better the storyteller is the clearer the mental image His descriptions ranging from horrific to chivalrous always manage to draw the reader into the story and make him or her an active participant usually knowing a bit more than the characters about their own fates Malory employs many literary techniques but perhaps his most prominent is his use of imagination When the exerpt begins King Arthur is having a nightmare involving falling into a pit of serpents Malory describes the scene in Arthurs head as if the reader were there with him What separates the reader from the character is the fact that the reader knows its only a dream and Arthur doesnt This is an interesting way of keeping the reader a safe distance from the goings on of the story Malory uses this method again when Arthur and his army are about to negotiate with Mordred and his One of the Kings soldiers notices a snake about to bite him and he draws his sword to slay it All that Mordreds men see is the blade being drawn and a battle immediately ensues Once again the reader is told more than the characters The only thing keeping the reader a part of the story is the vivid descriptions given of the nightmarish world of Arthurs dream and the smoking bloody battlefield of a war that wasnt meant to happenMalory also makes use of drama in his portrayal of the double-death scene again with Arthur and Mordred When he describes Mordreds sword being driven into Arthurs chest and Arthurs spear running Mordred through the reader almost cringes at the thought However it is not enough that
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