Themes In Lancelot, The Knight Of The Cart

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In Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart, the major theme around this famous story written by Chretien de Troyes, is romance. Of a knight who fell in love with Queen Guinevere, of whom is married to King Arthur, and who Lancelot was sworn to protect, and to always tell the truth; even if this meant costing their lives. Thus, creating a dilemma for a normal person, but Lancelot would have no trouble doing everything it takes even risking his life multiple times to be with who he loves. Lancelot would prove his love to Queen Guinevere by doing everything that she would ask of him, showing that only she could control him; in which he could be an unstoppable force not to be reckoned with. The romantic theme of Chretien de Troyes’s stories would have been considered very new, and a different turn from the old epic tale of Beowulf. With the theme of romance showing thought out the entire Arthurian Romances. A newer theme that had not been seen much in Beowulf is the act of compassion to spare one’s life. To be specific a foe’s life, or perhaps a mortal enemy’s life; in combat to the …show more content…

unlike Lancelot, The Knight of the Cart, Beowulf was not full of a want for the love of somebody else, but is instead an epic poem of a man with amazing strength, and power. With battles fought against monsters, and dragons for glory. Although the theme may have been different for these stories. The main characters shared a lot of the same heroic traits. For instance, Lancelot who was the most legendary of the round table for his strength in combat, and courageous determination. Then Beowulf who had incredible strength, and even Perceval who was prophesized to become supreme lord of all knights. At the same time differed in qualities pertaining to the qualities that came with being a knight, and that of a hired

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