Types of Archetypes in the Arthurian Legends
The legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is known throughout the entire world, and its story has been told and retold again and again. However, even though the story has been recounted many times, it has always maintained certain aspects, or archetypes, of the story that are vital to correctly portraying the true meaning of the stories. The hunting group of companions, the quest, or the use of a magical weapon are three examples that are in every retelling because they’re important to the meaning. Whether in the movie Excalibur directed by John Boorman, or in the various short stories found in our literature book, these three archetypes help shape the plot of the stories.
The Knights of the Round Table represent all that is good in the kingdom and in every retelling of the legend, the table is always included. In the movie Excalibur, the archetype of the hunting group of companions is represented by the Knights of the Round Table. In the movie, the knights always eat together in the same table, and always stay together as if they were one big family. This shows that the knights in the movie share a sense of brotherhood and comradeship that link all of the knights together. The knights eat together at the table, fight together in the king’s name, and are willing to die for each other. This type of archetype is common in many movies or shows, such as in the cartoon X-Men where a team of heroes help one another and are willing to risk their lives to save one another. Also, all the Knights of the Round Table go in search of the Holy Grail and in the end all but one of the knights die. This is proof that the knights are willing to die for what they !
all believe in, and that is King Arthur. This type of archetype is essential to the movie because this group plays a major role throughout the movie by developing the plot and helping protagonist advance in the movie.