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Merlin, l’Antéchrist sage

Abstract : Merlin is meant to compete with Christ and to be his malefic opponent. At the beginning of the 13th century, this idea is the basis of Robert de Boron’s Merlin. We will show in wich extent Merlin might be considered as Antichrist. But we will also see how the character thwarts the devil tricks and thus becomes a defensor of good. This movement from evil to good arouses different questions : how can it be understood ? Isn’t evil, in one way, an implication of good ? An invention necessarily meant to reinforce it ? Moreover, concerning Merlin, the opposition of good and evil is linked to other topics : deception, disguise, renewal of life’s and world’s conceptions. We will explore these topics in order to define more precisely the character’s natural ambiguities, together with the ones of his (litterary) world.
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Myriam White-Le Goff. Merlin, l’Antéchrist sage. Textes & Contextes, 2017, Mémoire de l'émigration et identité italienne à l'heure de l'immigration : La construction du maléfique. L’Antéchrist, n°12.1. ⟨hal-03790446⟩



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