King arthur vs zeus Essay

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king arthur vs zeus



Inside the compilation of mythical stories of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round
Table, retold by Roger Green, and Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths, two major
characters in each story that could be expressed in similar and contrasting ways are
Arthur, the king and head of the knights of the Round Table, and Zeus, the supreme leader
of all gods and mortals. Similar resemblances that can be found in both is their shadowy
lineage, their major mortal flaws, and their nature to journey on epic quests. Even
though they were very similar in some aspects, the two were also very different in other
means. Arthur is much more kind to his people and cares about them, while Zeus does not
view his subjects as worthy of him and treats them unjustly. An additional difference is
Arthur is more mild and not taking harsh action all the time, though Zeus is known for
being severe. There are many similarities as well as differences that are attributed to
these two mythical characters.

Arthur and Zeus can be noted for their mysterious childhood and ways they were treated at
infancy. Both had prophesies of prosperity that led them into adulthood. When Arthur was
born, Uther Pendragon, the leader of the Britons, killed a man and married his wife,
Igrayne. Uther and Igrayne had one child, but not much longer after it was born, Merlin
the enchanter took him away. Soon after, the boy was placed in the arms of Sir Ector, a
noble knight. Later, the youth pulled the sword out of a stone that proclaimed that he
was the king of all Britain. This young man would later on grow up to be King Arthur.
Not unlike Arthur, Zeus also had a unnatural background. Before Zeus was born, there was
a prophecy that stated that Cronos, the king of all gods, would be overthrown by one of
his sons. When Zeus was born, he was concealed from his father. As time went by, Zeus
waged a war against Cronos and defeated him. Though Zeus and Arthur came from entirely
different locations and times, their childhood’s were related on account of both of them
being hazy.

Even though some might not consider either of the two “mortal”, Arthur and Zeus had very
notable human-like flaws. They both seemed to rush to judgements hastily, and were very
passionate towards women. When Arthur hears about King Pellinore and how he is
shamelessly killing knights, Arthur runs off to fight. Obviously, Arthur does not give
himself time to think, and would have died if it was not for Merlin. Another example
would be when Arthur runs off to the Castle of Tarn Wathelyne and pays no heed to Sir
Gawain’s warnings. King Arthur ends up being tricked by Morgana Le Fay and would perish
save a horrid woman who forced Sir Gawain to marry her for King Arthur’s life. Many times
King Arthur would have been killed if it weren’t for his friends such as Merlin and Sir
Gawain. Zeus showed the same characteristic even though it played no part in death for
himself. The mighty god jumped to his feet and killed when he found out that Ascelpsius
was curing mortals headed to the underworld. Later, Zeus regretted his act of terror and
brought Ascelpsius back to life. Passionate feelings for other women, and desire for
romance were huge faults in Arthur and Zeus. Arthur’s feelings for Guinevere led to the
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