How do you feel about Roland’s stepfather, Ganelon? According to you, what kind of person is he? Why do you think so? Please find evidences from the text to justify your opinions. Besides, do you think he has to pay his life for what he had done to Roland? Why do you think so? Please find reasons from the text to justify your reasons.
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Roland's stepfather, and traitor. Ganelon has a deep resentment of Roland that is never completely explained in the poem. Certainly jealousy plays a factor, as we see that Charlemagne treasures Roland the twelve peers while considering Ganelon to be expendable. He conspires with the Saracens to kill Roland and the whole rearguard. He is also bribed for his treachery, which links him to Christianity's great traitor, Judas. At the end of the poem, he is put to trial and executed along with thirty of his kinsmen.