Guinevere In John Steinbeck's 'The Grapes Of Wrath'

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Guinevere Guinevere, King Arthur’s wife, is not who he thinks she is. She can be described as secretive, shy, and also acts conservative. Lancelot, King Arthur’s knight, and Guinevere fell secretly in love and share something between them that is not supposed to happen. Guinevere is what people call now-a-days, a whore. Guinevere is not at all what she seems like at first, which is shy and awkward. The author states, “and beside him sat lovely Guinevere, still as a painted statue of herself. Only her inward eyes confessed her vagrant thoughts” (Steinbeck 24). Guinevere, Lancelot, and King Arthur were all sitting at a table together for a feast. Guinevere was being awkward because she was trying to hide her “vagrant thoughts” which were wondering thoughts about Lancelot. She didn’t want her feelings to seem obvious to her husband or Lancelot.…show more content…
He daydreamed about following her to her room. Guinevere thought he did follow her to her room, but he did not. They both know that it would not have been appropriate for him to follow her to her bedroom if he had. Given that she knows he imagined it and she thought it was real, revealed that Guinevere had a powerful effect on Lancelot. They both got caught up in the moment and shared a kiss. As the author says, “Their bodies locked together as though a trap had sprung. Their mouths met and each devoured the other. Each frantic heartbeat at the walls of ribs trying to get to the other until their held breaths burst out…” (Steinbeck 28). Given that Guinevere and King Arthur are married and she and one of his knights, Lancelot, are in love without King Arthur knowing, makes her a “whore”. Lancelot cries right after they kiss and King Arthur will be angry if he finds out what happened. Guinevere is now in a big mess between these two men, but this would not have happened if she stayed loyal to her husband and ignored her feelings towards
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