Comparing King Arthur's Court

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King Arthur’s court is the primary setting in a variety of tales in literature. This particular setting is portrayed in various different ways. For example, King Arthur’s court in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight depicts the king and his court is all pleasant ways. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, every one of the characters in Camelot is happy and full of joy. On the other hand, in Marie de France’s Lanval, King Arthur’s court is full of lies and deception. The environment, customs and classification of characters are all components that can be evaluated in both Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Marie de France’s Lanval.

At the beginning of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a feast at King Arthur’s round table is described. “Many good knights and gay his guests were there…” People came to the court to feast and have a fun, entertaining time. “…Such gaiety and glee, glorious to hear, brave din by day, dancing by night…” The guests at the round table drank beer and wine, danced and laughed. The lords and ladies were living an ideal life with no worries or deception.

King Arthur is described, in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, as the “most courteous of all.” At this time, he is a young and noble king who is full of pride. Queen Guenevere is a worthy woman who sat with the best at the round table. She is dressed in the best gems and fabric that money could buy. One of the king’s customs was to hear a grand tale before he would eat. This feast was no exception.

When the Green Knight came to Arthur’s court, the king demonstrated his courageousness. Arthur stood up to the Green Knight but perhaps a bit hesitantly. It seemed as though King Arthur is content with his happy and joyful life that he did not feel it necessary to add violence. “Whose fame is so fair in far realms and wide? Where is now your arrogance and your awesome deeds?” After the Green Knight mocked the king he proudly stood up for himself and his lords.

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