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So I got this message from someone called Merthurismycanon who said Guinevere was weak, too dependent on others and had lived a sheltered life. Of course me being me, I had to answer. I am copying it from my blog and I saw that I misspelled some words and stuff when I wrote it in a hurry. I am too lazy to correct it.
This is my answer:
Yes, I think Gwen is strong and I have many reasons to why I think so. I think she is the strongest character on the show. And I think it is a fact that she is strong, not just an opinion.
You say she depends too much on others. That is not true. Gwen has worked hard her whole life. That is why she had the hands of a servant girl. When her father was murdered. Guinevere lived all by herself. Her brother was not in the picture. She was an independent young girl, earning her own living.
When Guinevere was banished by Arthur, because he thought she betrayed him. No one really came through for her. Not her own brother, not even Merlin. She packed her things and left all alone, and she survived on her own.
Guinevere was the woman who claimed the right to fight for Merlin’s village. She stood strong and at first alone in her demand. After she had spoken, the rest of the women supported her.
She has covered up for Morgana with Mordred, knowing she would have more to lose than Morgana ever would.
Guinevere stood alone while speaking against Uther or Arthur, who are royalty.
Do you really honestly think she has lived a sheltered life?
Gwen has been banished, sentenced to death, kidnapped, lost loved ones, lost her freedom, been slapped across the face, let down by her brother and her friends, worked hard, treated bad and disrespectful. Yet she looks at life with hope, and she has the strength to put a smile brighter that sunshine on her face.
She was treated horrible by Uther. Far worse than Morgana ever was. He slapped her, degraded her, killed her father, sentenced her to death. But still for the love of Arthur she had the strength to take care of a that man.
Guinevere doesn’t believe in revenge and she stayed true to her principals even after all that Uther had done to her.
Guinevere is strong. She stands up for what she believes in, even if she has to stand alone. She holds her head high while she is rejected or looked down upon. She stands and faces her fear. Gwen has risked her own safety to protect others.
When Arthur has told her he couldn’t be with her, Gwen did not beg him to take her back. She held her head high and showed more dignity than many others would.
She is a petite woman and she fights alongside of the men, even if her physical strength isn’t even close to their physical strength.
And after all that she has been trough, she holds her head and spirit high. She never gives up on who she is and what she stands for. She knows that we always have a choice in how we want to live our life. She is not only preaching it, she is living it.
And Angel Coulby is far from mediocre. Her talent blows me away. She puts so much depth, emotions and grace into Guinevere. It is incredible to watch. She says more with her eyes than any other actress on the show. She is the only Guinevere for me and she always will be.