Fitzg’s Journeys – Ineptitude of Sir Guy

Fitzg is back with another Monday installment.  This time she talks about the Ineptitude of Sir Guy.  Oh dear.

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6 thoughts on “Fitzg’s Journeys – Ineptitude of Sir Guy

  1. Love your ballsy use of the word “ineptitude” Fitzg. Dare I go one heretical step further? Oh why not?

    I think Guy (and I DO love Guy) can be seen (and, yes, this does cause me pain) as occupying an archetypal “female” role as exemplified in many fairy tales. Guy might be read as the “princess” waiting for the “prince” (Marian) to save/rescue/awaken/kill the dragon (within him?)/release/provide the happy ever after. He really is (although he “ineptly” attempts to act along the way) quite passive. His life is largely in others’ hands.

  2. Absolutely, beengizzied. Gisborne is a marvellous fantasy figure for females on the one hand, and really, in RH1/2 at least, comical. Not the sharpest sword in the (better not go there, tricky analogy.) Very good, your passive and princess comparisons – hadn’t thought of that! Goodness, he didn’t even manage to properly kill the sheriff….

    But he does rather stay with me. Oh dear, judiang….

  3. Hi Fitzg,

    Thanks for sharing about Sir Guy and William Marshall.  I get the hint–re our earlier conversation.  Ha!

    As to Sir Guy being inept?  The writers framed him as the classic tragic hero–circumstances beyond his control, the gods working against him at every turn.  And Richard portrayed Sir Guy’s angst and anguish and cunning and frustration with layered nuances that elevated the show.

    If we take that mythological metaphor to the next level, Sir Guy is condemned to the underworld– like Hades–never to live fully as he would wish.   And like Hades, with Marian perfectly cast as Persephone–shuttling back and forth every six months, between Robin and Guy in our story–Guy never gets a break.

    I’m just glad the writers didn’t try to do something Oedipal with Guy–because the actress they cast as Sir Guy’s Mommy Ghislane was really beautiful.  It’s a wonder that RA didn’t seek to do a few “flashback” scenes with her himself.  Ha!

    My memory is probably a bit fractured on the myths I’ve mentioned above.  But, I’m sure someone will correct me.  Ha!

    Cheers!  Grati  ;->






  4. Gratiana – Persephone is an excellent metaphor! Ah Marian – caught between the Twig next door, and the forbidden fruit. Actually, after (many) rewatchings of RH, I’m less inclined to be hard on JA; he had some very good scenes, and perhaps doesn’t deserve to be so dismissed as an actor. He was overshadowed by the Armitage performance, and he hasn’t the charisma. I have to joke about Gisborne, because he is so overwhelming. Not sure that the writers/producers consciously cast the actor as tragic hero, or that they adapted the scripts to his emerging characterisation; he was probably dropping those notorious “notes” on their desks throughout. Perhaps his Gisborne “backstory” contributed to the episode of the parents. One likes to think so. (Ghislaine was gorgeous! envy, envy 🙂 )

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