A New and Better Man - Sir Launcelot vs George

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A New and Better Man Characters will go to great lengths to prove themselves to others, whether it is taking a ride on a magic carpet, laser-beaming bad guys with high-tech guns, or simply skipping down a yellow brick road; determined characters are willing to go through the hectic journey to make their point. Launcelot, from the King Arthur stories, and George, from “Of Mice and Men” both go through wild journeys. Both gentlemen were undeniably and highly driven to prove themselves to others; Launcelot wanted to rise up as the best knight, and George wanted to prove to all of the men who doubted him that he could take care of and find a job with Lennie, for they wanted to raise enough money to buy some land of their own. Sir Launcelot du Lake appears to have it all; the looks of Prince Charming, charisma, exquisite sword fighting and jousting skills, and a ravenous appetite for adventure. Moreover, he seems to be the latest chatter in town. Who else would be known as “... supreme, both in prowess at arms and nobility of bearing...” (Baines 118)? This remark, said by King Arthur himself, gives Sir Launcelot the lime light he deserves. His skill surpasses all others, and Sir Launcelot should feel privileged for King Arthur to recognize him. Launcelot, based on the questions he asks and his interactions, appears to gravitate to any opportunity that may offer an adventure like a magnet. He takes pride in his knighthood; he believes himself a true knight, “All this shall be done... as I am a true knight” (Keller 181). He desires to prove himself worthy of the good words spoken about him. In one instance, Sir Launcelot stumbles across a noblewoman and questions her, “Fair damosel... know ye in this country any adventures” (186)? Much to his benefit, she informs him of a place where a “false knight” needs taking care of (186). Judging from Sir Launcelot du Lake’s
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