King Arthur and King Mark Comparrison

Essay by nbg1993High School, 12th gradeA, October 2012

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King Arthur and King Mark are characters that revolve around making decisions. Their personalities are what help them make those decisions. Using the Kiersey Temperament sorter King Arthur and King Mark can be psychoanalyzed which shows that they did not hastily do things but they made choices because of their personas and their actions were a direct response to this. Their personality traits are what cause them to choose to do different things.

During the three stories that he is in, Kin Arthur's actions are a direct reflection of his personality. Many traits in the Kiersey Temperament Sorter can accurately describe what Arthur is like. In the stories, Arthur always has to choose between two different actions to take. "Tide me death, betide me life, saith the King. Now I see him yonder alone; he shall never escape mine hands, for at a better avail shall I never have of him" (Sir Thomas Malory, 566).

King Arthur is able to make a decision between letting Mordred suffer for the rest of his life or to kill him. Arthur decides to kill him and in doing so he gets mortally wounded. This action is a cause of King Arthur never wanting to give up. Like the personality ENFP from the Kiersey Temperament Sorter, King Arthur is quick with a solution to any difficulty. Arthur was always quick to rise up against any enemy who challenged him. "When the infamy of this notorious crime reached his ears, Arthur postponed the invasion he had wanted to make against Emperor Leo, and having sent Duke Hoel of the Armoricans with an army of Gauls to pacify those districts, he immediately returned to Britain" (Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth, 91). When he heard of Mordred's betrayal, Arthur was able to show that he did not...