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The Queen of Air and Darkness In the Queen of Air and Darkness Morgause raises fourboys She is not a goodmother and she does not give her boys a sense of right and wrong She oftenignoresthem for days at a time and beats them when they displease her She actsas if they werepets rather than human beings to be loved or not at her convenience Butdespite thiscommon maltreatment the boys turn out very differently Gawaine is the oldest of the boys and in many ways themost normal He becomesa knight in Arthurs court fighting for him loyally The way in whichhe is affected by hisupbringing is his rages When provoked Gawaine goes into a berserk rage inwhich hedoes things he would normally never do When Gawaine and Agravaine are arguingoverwhether or not to write a letter to their father about the knights Agravainerefuses to say heis wrong so Gawaine goes berserk and attacks him He does not simply beathim butchokes him and slams his head against the floor until Gareth pulls him offIf Gareth hadnot been there Gawaine very well might have killed his younger brotherGawaine evenkills a women when worked up to a rage These rages are a product of theunhealthychildhood he endured The next child Agravaine is probably the least welladjusted of the four He tendsto be sadistic and self-centered The children were told the tale of theKing of Ireland bySt Toirdealbhach the tale where the king gets a head wound and can notbe excited butthen he dies while trying to defend his savior Agravaine does not see anypoint in puttingones self in danger to protect any one else He says It was sillyit did no good becausehe does not understand the principal behind the story He does not understandthat thereare things other than yourself worth dying for Agravaines sadism isevidenced in theUnicorn episode After the boys agree to capture and not kill the unicornAgravaine runsup behind it and begins stabbing it
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