SGE debate club question:
Was Guinevere right to leave Camelot with Lancelot? Why or why not?
Yes. Lancelot was the one she really loved, and she was unhappy in Camelot. Her staying with Arthur as long as she did was because she thought it was her duty. (Ha ha! Doody!) But it was really much better for her to do what made her happy. And she did say that it was better for Tedros too. She did what made her truly happy, and that’s what matters.
I think she was wrong in leaving. Yes, she did love Lancelot, and yes he did make her happy, but she had a huge responsibility. When she agreed to marry Aurthur. She gave herself both to him, and his kingdom. She agreed, whether she regrets it or not, to look after its people and be the best possible queen she could be. I understand her falling out of love and wanting to be happy, but she had no right to abandon a whole kingdom just to suite her, and to leave her son and husband all alone. She should have prioritized her job as a mother and queen above her own desires, and stayed in Camelot.
Yes she did leave her responsibilities as queen behind (as well as her husband and son) , but now she’s happy with her true love.
Impossible girl, why don’t you go back and read the chapter “who’s helping who” in The Last Ever After?
I’ve read the book more times than I can count, and I still stand by my claim. Aurthur was left alone to raise their son and rule a kingdom, and I think that is wrong.
But it was better for Guinevere and for Tedros. Besides, if you think about it, it was Arthur’s own fault. Guinevere never really loved him. He was the one who pulled her into a marriage that made him happy but not her. And when she finally decided to abandon that marriage and follow her heart instead, he used Merlin’s spell for the wrong reason to try and grab back HIS idea of a happy ending. Yes, Guinevere did leave behind a big responsibility. But what Arthur did was just as bad. And at least now she is happy.
I agree with @boomboompancakes Guinevere did the right thing for her and Tedros.
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