Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is a satiric comedy about the quest of King Arthur. The movie starts out with Arthur, King of the Britons, looking for knights to sit with him at Camelot. He finds many knights including Sir Galahad the pure, Sir Lancelot the brave, the quiet Sir Bedevere, and Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Lancelot. Through satire and parody of certain events in history (witch trials, the black plague) they find Camelot, but after literally a quick song and dance they decide that they do not want to go there. While walking away, God (who seems to be grumpy) come to them from a cloud and tells them to find the Holy Grail. They agree and begin their search. While they search for the Grail, scenes of the knight's…show more content…
The comedic affect was delivered by the illogicality of someone throwing animals to defend themselves. It was also ironic that they were not throwing arrow or spears. Satire is a kind of writing that ridicules human weaknesses, vice, or folly in order to bring about social reform. Satires often try to persuade readers to do or believe something by showing opposite view as absurd or vicious and inhumane. Some examples of satire in the movie are: • There is a scene where a guy is walking around with a wheel barrel full of dead people. He was calling out," Bring out your dead." The comedic affect was delivered when a peasant was trying to get rid of a sick older member of his family who was not dead yet. The guy who was collecting the dead told him about the company policy against taking people who are not dead and when he would make his next rounds. The peasant continually insists despite of the objections the sickly older gentleman. The service guy eventually relents and takes the old man after knocking him out. This scene is a satire on the Black Plague, which was a very common and fatal disease in medieval times. It was also satire on service companies in societies. • Another scene was of King Arthur approaching a few of his "subjects". When he explained his position as king, the peasants quickly correct Arthur on the proper ways of electing a public official. The comedic affect was delivered from the peasant's knowledge of political systems and their
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