Betrayal in Malory's Le Morte D’Arthur

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Malory's Le Morte D’Arthur isn't known to be classic just because of Arthur-but rather the themes of family, love, revenge, identity, loyalty and betrayal. As King, Arthur is put in many situations that test the people he surrounds himself with. Therefore, betrayal has become a reoccurring theme. Throughout the novel, people are seen betraying each other. Betrayal has become familiar in a way to the members of the round table, ultimately leading to it's demise. The acts of betrayal occur in various forms, whether it be through adultery or just going behind the other person's back. Regardless of how it happens it brings about serious disorder for all involved.
The first of act of real betrayal is seen towards the
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The fact that Gwynevere is the King Arthur wife means that she is committing treason by having her relationship with Lancelot. Yet again the novel Arthur is being betrayed.
The love that Trystrames and Isoud shared is talked about once again. But this time is for a completely different reason. Now instead of the feeling of betrayal coming from King Mark, it’s coming from Trystrames. As a result of her deciding to accept another man’s love letters. "Alas madame! The good love that I have lovyd you, and many londis and grete rychesse have I forsakyn for youre love! And now ye are a traytouras unto me, whych dothe me grete payne." (Malory 299) He expresses the fact he feels like she betrayed his love for her.He even says that he has forsaken great riches for her love and betraying their love has left him in pain.
Towards the end of the novel we see what Arthur’s thoughts are about betrayal. “The law was such in tho dayes that whatsomever they were, of what astate or degré, if they were founden gylty of treson there should be none other remedy but deth (Malory 654) King Arthur is stating that committing is adultery is seen as treason and the answer for that should be death. According to Breier, “Malory was facing a moral dilemma with respect to the love affair between Lancelot and Gwenyvere: on the one hand, he claimed Lancelot to be the most virtuous knight in the Arthurian realm, and on the other he relates – for the first time in
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