Lancelot And Guenevere In The Arthurian Legends

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If someone is already committed to one person, they shouldn’t be falling for another person, but unfortunately, this happens in the Arthurian Legends. Guenever, who was already Arthur’s queen, falls for one of his best knights Lancelot. Guenever tries to remain loyal to Arthur as a queen, but as her feelings grow, she can’t control herself and completely falls for Lancelot. Love triangles are set up for the tragedy because of no matter what there can be no winner. Love isn’t a game that is meant to be played. If two people in the love triangle fall in love with each other, the third person will be hurt badly and will ultimately fail and end in nothing but tragedy and heartbreak.
Lancelot is deeply in love with Guenever, but he had his loyalties
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They start meeting each other more often but still try to keep their relationship to a queen and a knight. They keep their distances from each other at a respectable boundary, but eventually the pair can no longer contain their feelings for each other. The times they spend together are filled with love and joy, but the guilt of hurting Arthus still lingers along with them. “They had a year of joy, twelve months of the strange heaven, which the salmons know on beds of river shingle, under the gin-clear water. For twenty-four years they were guilty, but this first year was the only one which seemed like happiness.” (White 333) The salmon in the river in clear water represents their love and happiness because like the water their love is clear and simple. The strange heaven is the time that Guenever and Lancelot spent together, the two are happy beyond words because that one year that they were together, they were truly happy without any other lingering thoughts. Despite being so happy together, they knew that they were still guilty. Guenever was guilty of infidelity to her husband, and Lancelot was guilty of betraying his king. Lancelot may have been the most guilty because he was the one who swore complete and absolute loyalty to the king, but he broke that promise the second he fell in love with Guenever. Lancelot knew that no matter how much they loved each other, there would …show more content…
When Lancelot tells Guenever that he is leaving and he isn’t coming back, Guenever asks Lancelot to kiss her. Lancelot had previously promised her that he would never kiss her unless she asked. Since she had asked him to kiss her, he complied with her request. Unfortunately, Arthur walks in the middle of their kiss, and catches them red handed. Neither of them is able to hide from their actions since the king himself had seen them together. Guenever is still tied to Arthur by marriage, but she had completely forgotten that when she became infatuated by Lancelot, and she eventually fell head over heels in love with him. “Looking back on it, when they were old, they did not remember that in this year it had ever rained or frozen. The four seasons were coloured like the edge of a rose petal for them.” The time that they spend together was very special in their lives. The four seasons they were together made them happier than the rest of the twenty-four years in their lives did. In the end, Arthus somewhat agrees with their relationship, and allows them one night together, Arthur tells Lancelot that he is allowing this so that they can attempt to conceive a child. Guenever and Arthur have consummated their marriage, but Guenever did not get pregnant, and a Queen must more an heir to fulfill her duties, which is part of the reason why Arthur allows them one night