Functional Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti
Arthur adopts a mentality toward his knights and his people as them being equals, “no man higher than any other” at his round table. He governs in much the same way, presenting a collective vision and set of rules and ideals and virtues by which his subjects are to live and thus improve as a society. He generously offers to protect Guinevere’s lands whether or not she is interested in marrying him. Arthur enjoys the affirmation of the crowd and plays to it; he is concerned for the reputation of Camelot. He handles his emotions instantly, demanding the truth from Guinevere and Lancelot when the finds them kissing and freely expressing his own sense of hurt and betrayal. Arthur allows his anger to overwhelm him and seeks a public trial, since he has “nothing to hide.” He feels he “owes it” to the people of Camelot to bring her to justice in a public way, since he sees them (himself, and them) as one unit of equality, where even a queen and his first knight are not above the law. When discussing with Guinevere her affection for Lancelot, Arthur wants to know why she made the choices she did; he seems to possess a desire to understand people and their motivations, which makes him wise in guiding them toward their greater path in life. He knows that a greater purpose gives life meaning, but is so dominated by his emotions that he cannot comprehend Guinevere’s ability to love both him and Lancelot, without betraying him. He comes to realize his decision about the public trial was wrong too late to stop it. In a fundamental inferior Ti mistake of not analyzing his decisions first, Arthur brings everyone together in one place to complete a public trial, allowing his enemy a chance to strike – and argumentatively refuses to see reason when his knights warn him against it, and suggest they resolve the matter quietly. Mordred mocks Arthur and his “grand vision,” which is Camelot. Arthur is an idealist, who tries to turn people toward serving a cause greater than themselves; he sees and loves “the whole person,” instead of just parts of them (“I cannot love people in slices”). He often speaks in metaphorical terms and sees even simple things in terms of what they represent – such as believing love is like sunlight, and desiring to feel its warmth on his face. Arthur can see into other people and seems to know their true self, beyond their external projections; he senses the loneliness in Lancelot and the lack of purpose, as well as the wild spirit that lies dormant in Guinevere. He sees himself as representative of a symbol, to some degree (“marry the king, Guinevere, but love the man”). He references hunting and many wars, showing his eagerness to engage in physical activities. Arthur implies it took him some years to decide to “settle down,” only after seeing what the love of “one woman” could bring him. He makes quick decisions, sees opportunities in his environment, and doesn’t hesitate to take advantage of them (including inviting Lancelot, impulsively, to join the Knights of the Round Table).
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
Arthur wants to do the moral and right thing, no matter what the consequences might be. He pushes Lancelot to join his knights because he sees his potential and wishes to tame and use him, which backfires in that it brings Lancelot into constant contact with his wife, whom he does not know has a prior brief acquaintance with the man. His desire for good, and right, makes him deeply principled, but also wrathful when crossed. He insists on a public trial, despite the humiliation for all involved, but ultimately, however, forgives others their failings because he must do the right thing. He sees himself as a generous and benevolent king, who shares of all he possesses, who brings equality to the masses, who improves their lives through his service and dedication to the throne. Like many 2s, he is not aware of the extent of his own expectations of receiving ‘in return.’ He offers to protect Guinevere’s kingdom even if she does not marry him, but is relieved when she wants to, anyway (“not the crown or the throne, just you”). Though sensitive and compassionate, he can also be stubborn, refuse to listen to good counsel, and vengeful.