Sir Lucas: A True Hero

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Fire breathing dragons, noble knights in shining armour, beautiful ladies in waiting, heroic battles fought in the King’s honour- the elements that attribute to a Medieval tale of virtue. Many Medieval stories tell of King Arthur, the courageous ruler of a magnificent kingdom and court of knights, therefore the tales portray him as a hero. His courage to fight in battle along with his code of honour and confidence in both himself and his knights, are the attributes that make him such a hero. King Arthur obtains all the glory from his heroic deeds, but there is more than one hero in King Arthur’s tale. Although there are many heroes that go unnoticed (because a king is more well known than most), their courage and nobility are still appreciated. …show more content…
Sir Lucas showed his wisdom by reminding his king that a further fight with the enemy would cause drastic outcomes. His intellect is shown when he says: “Sire, I entreat you, remember your vision- how Sir Gawain appeared with a heaven-sent message to dissuade you from fighting Sir Modred. Allow this fateful day to pass; it is ours, for we three hold the field, while the enemy is broken” (Malory 258). However, King Arthur didn’t heed his warning and fought Sir Modred anyway which resulted in a life ending wound. Sir Lucas gave all he could to progress his king’s life a little longer, which resulted in him losing his own life. The noble knight went down with honour and grace when his last moments were given to save his king: “Sir Lucas and Sir Bedivere made one further attempt to lift the king. He fainted as they did so. Then Sir Lucas fainted as part of his intestines broke through a wound in the stomach. When the king came to, he saw Sir Lucas lying dead with foam at his mouth” (Malory 259). Even King Arthur saw in the end that Sir Lucas was a hero when he states the following; “‘Sweet Jesu, give him succor!’ he said. ‘This noble knight has died trying to save my life- alas that this was so!’” (Malory 259). Even though Sir Lucas did not get all the praised he deserved, he was still a hero because of his acts of loyalty, courage, nobility, and …show more content…
He should great strength and courage when he decided to spend his dying moments trying to save another’s life. Sir Lucas is much like the firefighters and police officers of this time, putting someone else’s life before their own and not given all the credit that they deserve. A firefighter or police officer may not be a knight like Sir Lucas, but both contain the characteristics of true heroes and fight in dangerous situations to save others. Sir Lucas was not given the praise he deserved for his courage and pure heart, but that makes him the unsung hero of King Arthur’s

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