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Post 1 Cortney Post The Last Duel 03/29/10 1. Jean de Carrouges is a nobleman from a good family with a long history and good reputation. He is loyal to his country and honored for his courage in battle. He volunteered to serve in many campaigns and battles above his required service to his lord and to King Charles. As the code of chivalry demands, when his lady’s honor is threatened he goes to great lengths to defend her. On the surface, he seems to be a “heroic, chivalrous knight”. He may have been exactly that. There is, however, evidence of tragic character flaws that led to several misfortunes that literally cost him almost everything, power , status, wealth, even his life and that of his wife. The largest of these flaws was likely pride and there is evidence of jealousy and perhaps rage. He is very much the protagonist in the situation, the tragic character. For all his good reputation, loyal service, and family history, he acts unwisely in many of his dealings most likely due to his pride. I suspect he acted mostly like a spoiled, rich boy who felt entitled to more than what he had. I also suspect he looked down on Jacque le Gris, whose family did not have the same history and reputation of his own, and therefore felt the honors, gifts and favors bestowed upon him were not deserved. If Carrouges were honored in the same manner as his friend he would probably have been happy to see le Gris rise in status. When that rise eclipsed his own he became jealous and angry. I believe he did in fact blame le Gris for his misfortunes, just as le Gris stated in his defense. The fact that his fortunes changed for the better once he had slain le Gris could be
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Post 2 evidence there was some truth to that, but which came first, Carrouges anger toward his former friend or le Gris’ using Carrouges’ foolishness in his own favor isn’t clear. 2. Jacque le Gris’ is depicted as a greedy, womanizing, power hungry man whose chose to serve his own interests above all else. He is shown favor and trust by the position he gains through Count Pierre and King Charles. We are told that he was married, but
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