How Women are portrayed in King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

In the Book King Arthur women are portrayed in many different ways via characters who show many different characteristics. In Book II there are women who are snobbish, jealous, and obsessive.

Two women who are snobs in Book II are Lady Linnet and Lady Liones. First, Lady Linnet is a snob because she asks for help at King Arthurís court to save her sister Lady Liones, and, when a knight (Sir Garth) is willing to help and risk his life for a total stranger, she says no because he has only worked in the kitchen and isnít worthy of saving her sister. Then when he proves himself worthy after defeating the Black, Green, Blue, and Red Knights, she changes from a snob to a somewhat decent person. Now about Lady Liones, after Sir Garth frees her, she asks him to stay with her and when he says no, she acts extremely rude to him, and sends a knight to kill him in his sleep. However, before the knight can kill him, he wakes up and kills the attacking knight.

Now to talk about a jealous woman: Iseult of the White Hands. She is jealous of Iseult the Fair, because her husband Sir Tristram only truly loves Iseult the Fair. So when Sir Tristram needs to see Iseult the Fair so that she can heal his wound, they sail to her. Sir Tristram tells the captain of the ship that if the ship had Iseult on it to hang white sails. If not, to hang black sails. When the ship returned with white sails, Iseult of the White Hands said that there were black sails so Sir Tristram, her love, died.

Now to talk about a woman who is obsessive: Lady Elaine. Lady Elaine is so obsessed with Sir Launcelot after he stays at her castle that she takes the form of Guinever for a night to get close to him. When he finds out that she has done this, he goes mad for a short time due to his sin.

So I have discussed three ways women are shown in King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table. They are shown as snobbish, jealous, and obsessive. I feel women are being portrayed differently in our times. For example I remember when I lived in New York my nanny and I were walking down the street and there was a power line being repaired, my nanny said something like, ďItís incredible how the jobs women can and canít do have changed. When I was a girl, a woman would never have done something something like repair a power line.Ē Also, another example of this is that now women are allowed to do things that could put then in danger, like being a police officer.