Le Morte D’arthur Essay

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Comparative Essay
Many themes in popular literature today include a type of betrayal to others or themselves. In the story Le Morte D’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, a noble knight by the name of Sir Bedivere is ordered to dispose of a sword and instead secretly hides it under a tree betraying his king. In “Genesis 3” Adam’s new companion named Eve becomes too curious about a forbidden tree when talking to a serpent and disobeys god and eats it. Sir Bedivere and Eve both betray others through their greed, temptation, and ignorance; however Sir Bedivere’s betrayal to King Arthur is far greater than Eve’s betrayal to god.

Greed can often influence one’s judgement as a result; Sir Bedivere and Eve are overtaken by greed during their betrayal to their masters. Sir Bedivere is noble knight that serves his beloved King Arthur, and soon is faced with a decision between a treasure and his king. Sir Bedivere’s greed is portrayed when he, “hid [the] Excalibur under the tree” (Thomas 12). Shortly after, he is exposed to the king; King Arthur becomes appalled by his noble knight and asks why he would “betray me for the richness of my sword” (Thomas 23). It is evident Sir Bedivere greed overpowered his commitment and loyalty to the king.
Eve a companion of Adam in “Genesis 3” portrays her greed when she learns about the tree in the center of the garden. She becomes curious and wants to learn its powers for “gaining wisdom” (“Genesis” 6), and “she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband” (“Genesis” 6). Eve disobeys God as she does not follow the specific instructions God gives her. The more she learns about the tree, the more Eve wants to take a fruit. In the end, greed is one of many things that convinces her to betray God. Sir Bedivere and Eve both let greed play a part in their betrayal, however Sir Bedivere’s greed is greater because he only had the intention of keeping it for the value, while Eve only wants to improve herself as a person. Eve’s betrayal is only for a moment, while Sir Bedivere continues lying to the king, in order to keep the richness of the sword; therefore his betrayal is greater than Eve’s.

In addition to greed, temptation plays a large role in one’s decision of betrayal; it can slowly lure them toward doing the act. Sir Bedivere’s temptation began when the king ordered him to throw the Excaliber into the lake, but he hesitates and thinks “If I throw this rich sword in the water, thereof shall never come good, but harm and loss” (Thomas 11). Sir Bedivere sees the sword as a treasure and would be a waste to throw it away and is tempted to keep lying when he “returned again and took the sword in his hand; and then him though sin, and shame to throw away that noble sword” (Thomas 18). Every time the temptation of keeping the sword made him think it is the best option. Sir Bedivere finds it difficult to throw the sword into the water and temptation feeds his betrayal and gets the best of him.
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