Sir Launcelot: Legendary Knight


4th Hour


3/25/03


There are many characterisitics that decscribe a hero, and Sir Launcelot of


the King Arthur tales exhibits many of them. Sir Launcelot wasn\'t merely a hero


though, he\'s become known as a legend.





A legend is a story that has been spoken of for decades or even


centuries. The stories often include the main character overcoming enormous


odds. The original actions may not have been as spectacular as the modern


story may lead you to believe, but, were still far above average when they were


originally performed. The original account is usually expanded upon to such an


extent, that over the years, a large, intimidating man evolves into a giant; or a


powerful warrior with good morals becomes a super-natural savior. This is, most


likely, the case with Sir Launcelot.


He was the most powerful knight of King Arthur\'s round table and, as legend


has it, was known to be an exceptionally handsome man. He went on


adventures, saving damsels in distress and lending a helping hand to his


comrades. He rid the realm of enraged giants and took out dozens of


adversaries at a time. But Sir Launcelot was also another type of hero. He could


also be thought of as being a role model.


Sir Launcelot is depicted as a chivalrous, honorable knight who always


defends his king and queen. There were, on several occasions in the legend,


when Lady Gwynevere, his queen, had been accused of falling in love with him.


His answer to the accusations was that the queen was too fine a lady to dishonor


King Arthur in such a way. Launcelot\'s selfless acts also reveal an honorable


character. He once switched identities with Sir Kay by exchanging armor, so he


could deal with Kay\'s opponents and Sir Kay could ride safely. This showed Sir


Launcelot didn\'t mind putting his life at risk if it helped out a friend. Also, there is


the fact that he helps the needy and defeats the wicked simply because it is the


right thing to do. After he defeats a wealthy villain, Sir Launcelot has been


known to give the castle treasure to others, even though he obviously earned it.


Throughout the tales he has been in, Sir Launcelot has done many heroic


things, but what made him a truely great man was chivalry and honesty. Maybe


that\'s why he is still spoken of to this day.