We can point out quite a number of textual details which highlight how Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur version of Arthur's death is different from that in Tennyson's Idylls of the King.
First of all, in Malory’s version, Arthur is accompanied by two friends, Lucan and Bedivere, while Tennyson mentions only Bedivere. Both authors recount the dream that Arthur sees shortly before his final clash with the enemy. However, according to Malory, the prediction that the king hears is not fixed. He should avoid fighting Mordred in order to live. Tennyson, on the other hand, makes the prediction of the dream final. Arthur will surely die.
Malory prefaces the final battle with the scene of peace negotiations. No such scene is found in Tennyson. The battle, according to Malory, begins with a fatal incident with the snake. Tennyson does not introduce this incident in his portrayal of the battle. As for the battle itself, Malory emphasizes that bravery has been shown on both sides, while Tennyson does not...
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