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The Queen of Air and DarknessIn the Queen of Air and Darkness Morgause raises four boys She is not a goodmother and she does not give her boys a sense of right and wrong She often ignoresthem for days at a time and beats them when they displease her She acts as if they werepets rather than human beings to be loved or not at her convenience But despite thiscommon maltreatment the boys turn out very differentlyGawaine is the oldest of the boys and in many ways the most normal He becomesa knight in Arthurs court fighting for him loyally The way in which he is affected by hisupbringing is his rages When provoked Gawaine goes into a berserk rage in which hedoes things he would normally never do When Gawaine and Agravaine are arguing overwhether or not to write a letter to their father about the knights Agravaine refuses to say heis wrong so Gawaine goes berserk and attacks him He does not simply beat him butchokes him and slams his head against the floor until Gareth pulls him off If Gareth hadnot been there Gawaine very well might have killed his younger brother Gawaine evenkills a women when worked up to a rage These rages are a product of the unhealthychildhood he enduredThe next child Agravaine is probably the least well adjusted of the four He tendsto be sadistic and self-centered The children were told the tale of the King of Ireland bySt Toirdealbhach the tale where the king gets a head wound and can not be excited butthen he dies while trying to defend his savior Agravaine does not see any point in puttingones self in danger to protect any one else He says It was silly it did no good becausehe does not understand the principal behind the story He does not understand that thereare things other than yourself worth dying for Agravaines sadism is evidenced in theUnicorn episode After
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