Proteus is a shape shifter, literally and figuratively. We see this manifest not only in his ability to change his physical form, but in the role that he plays in the story.
For example, when we first see him, he is rescuing Florimell from being assaulted by an old fisherman. Seems like a great guy, right?
Once Proteus takes Florimell to his home in an old sea cave, he then proceeds to fall madly in love with her and try to force himself on her as well. This lasts for several months.
This sudden shift in apparent heroics is consistent with his shape shifter identity.
See our complete list of Arthurian characters for more entries like this one.
- Norris Lacy, Geoffrey Ashe, Debra Mancoff – The Arthurian Handbook (Second Edition)
- Alan Lupack – The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend
- Ronan Coghlan – The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends
- Anonymous – Lancelot-Grail, the French Vulgate
- Sir Thomas Malory – Le Morte d’Arthur