King Arthur And 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 downfall of the Logres. At first, when Arthur saw Guinevere,
he immediately fell in love with her. Through carelessness and desire for
romance, Arthur neglected Merlin’s advice of not marrying the queen. When

Guinevere and Lancelot had an affair, a war started, and the realm was
destroyed. In Zeus’ case, the gods are not affected by romantic affairs, but
the mortals they make love with are affected. Zeus approached many different
gods or mortals, even though he is already married to Hera. Hera occasionally
followed Zeus, and punished the ones with whom he had affairs. The mythical
figures Arthur and Zeus both have major moral flaws: rashness and crave for
passion. King Arthur and Zeus are best known for their epic quests and
accomplishments. The two figures seem to be born for the reason to journey on
adventures. At age sixteen, Arthur ruled as the king of all Britons. He
immediately set forth to drive all of the Saxons out of the island of Britain.

This could be considered his first major quest. During his life span, Arthur
would set out on many quests to