The theme of disguise in "Tristan and Iseult" by Rosemary Sutcliff.

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Disguises and impersonations appear often in Tristan and Iseult by Rosemary Sutcliff. They add to the story and are important in many of the themes throughout the book. Tristan has just been wounded, and as a last resort gets in a raft with no steering devices and sets him self to sea. He drifts toward some land, and hears some Irish men speaking, who have been told by the King to kill all men from …

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…greatly dislikes him. Disguise is a very important thing throughout the book, Tristan has to use it many times, and it is mainly used to further the love story in the book. It's very ironic that Tristan has to use disguise and impersonation so much throughout the book, he is a very honest man and dislikes lying. Maybe pretending to be somebody who we arn't is man's nature and plays a part in all relationships.