A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

by

Mark Twain

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Mordred Character Analysis

As King Arthur’s nephew, Mordred was left in charge of the kingdom when his uncle accompanied Sir Gawaine to attack Sir Launcelot in one phase of the kingdom’s brutal civil war. Mordred attempted to proclaim himself the king and marry Guenever but was frustrated on both accounts. He and Arthur then fought each other, and in their last battle, each delivered a fatal wound to the other.

Mordred Quotes in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

The A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court quotes below are all either spoken by Mordred or refer to Mordred. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 42 Quotes

“From our various works I selected all the men—boys I mean—whose faithfulness under whatsoever pressure I could swear to, and I called them together secretly and gave them their instructions. There are fifty-two of them; none younger than fourteen, and none above seventeen years old.”

“Why did you select boys?”

“Because all the others were born in an atmosphere of superstition and reared in it. It is in their blood and bones. We imagined we had educated it out of them; they thought so, too; the Interdict woke them up like a thunderclap! It revealed them to themselves, and it revealed them to me, too. With boys it was different. Such as have been under our training from seven to ten years have had no acquaintance with the Church’s terrors, and it was amongst these that I found my fifty-two.”

Related Characters: Clarence (speaker), Hank Morgan , Mordred, King Arthur
Related Symbols: Factories
Page Number: 322
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Mordred Character Timeline in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

The timeline below shows where the character Mordred appears in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 42: War!
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...precipitated the disaster. Launcelot shorted a bunch of stocks, which cost Sir Agravaine and Sir Mordred (both nephews to the king) a lot of money. Agravaine and Mordred told Arthur about... (full context)
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Superiority, Power, and Authority Theme Icon
...Gawaine’s force against Launcelot, and he left the kingdom in the hands of his nephew, Mordred. Mordred tried to turn his temporary power into a permanent kingship by marrying Guenever, but... (full context)
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After a mistaken signal set off an epic battle between Arthur’s and Mordred’s forces, only four men survived: Mordred, Arthur, Sir Lucan de Butlere and Sir Bedivere. Sir... (full context)
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...and Guenever retired to a convent. The Interdict is still in place because it named Mordred and Hank; the Church is rallying the kingdom’s remaining knights to ride against Hank. On... (full context)