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
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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. The temptation Eve faces comes from the forbidden tree in the center of the garden. She does not give it a second thought until a serpent comes along and starts having a discussion. Eve’s temptation grows as she questions the tree and its purpose. Eve becomes more intrigue by the tree and questions if god really said “‘you must not eat from any tree in the garden’”

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