I wanted to fight, yes that is true, but I wanted to fight to win, if I found myself loosing I cried for help. It is pathetic I know, but I caught myself thinking of my childhood while reading about Sir Gawain. Sir Gawain treasures his life, just like I treasured to keep my arm from being bruised. He was noble and fought hard, but in the end he lied in hopes of protecting himself with his newly
Sir Gawain also fulfilled as well as broke his trawthe with the Green Knight. He fulfilled it by actually setting out for the chapel and his end of the bargain. However, he failed his “trawthe” to the Green Knight twice, once through not exchanging all of the gifts and the other through trying to cheat and survive the beheadingment. By the end of the story, Sir Gawain had also ended up failing to account for EACH of the values represented by the pentangle on his shield and vowed to forever wear the green girdle as a representation for his failure and sin in his quest with the Green
Chivalry has many features that shape a knight, however the virtues that Sir Gawain presents the most are courage and honesty. One time when Gawain showed honesty and courage is when he went to fulfill his deal with the Green Knight. The guide leading Gawain to the Green Chapel told Gawain that he should run and that no one would know about his Failure to keep his promise. But Gawain said he must fulfill his deal: “But however heedfully thou hid it, if I here departed,/ faith in fear now to flee, in fashion thou speakest,/ I should a knight coward be, I Could not be excused./ Noy, I’ll fare to the chapel, whatever chance may befall” (85.13-16). Many other knights would run but Gawain understands that he has to have courage and must be honest about going to meet the green knight and fulfill his deal.
Although some of Christopher McCandless' decisions portray him as an anti-hero, his personality and determination demonstrate the qualities of a tragic hero, one who makes mistakes but still tries to follow his beliefs and ideals. Christopher McCandless is often described as a sociopath, and although he did hurt those around him, he was aware of what he had done and was beginning to reconcile with the idea of returning to society. McCandless had walked away from his parents and the life they had built for him. His father comments upon this, saying how he didn’t know how “‘a kid with so much compassion could cause his parents so much pain’” (104). McCandless was able to
He wasn’t a bad man, but there is definitely a difference between how he first acted and then how he acted after. He gained morals and respect only after he got hurt because he then recognized the true value of things. Even after that he had Id moments. With a fair share of Superego moments and forgiving others, it is hard to deny that he is a naturally selfish man at
' Proctor 1146.John Proctor is a courageous person he accepted his path and made his ending right with his wife and family but still served his consequences in the end. All in all, proctor did have mistakes all throughout his life but he became a better man in the end. Even with the temptations of Abigail, proctor accordingly fixed his mistakes and put his family before his lust. The reason john proctor is an admirable person is because throughout all the challenges he has faced proctor’s courage to face his wife and admit his mistakes shows that he’s a
When the court asks of the quest that he had been on he retells how it was all set up and that he now wears the green girdle out of shame because of his actions. The court is not affected by this instead they change the green girdle into a symbol of honor by wearing it represented "so that was taken as a token by the table round, and he honored that had it" (2519-20). In Sir. Gawain and The Green Knight the girdles symbol changes from life, to shame, and finally honor during the
Knights were not only supposed to have strength to defeat the enemy, but they were supposed to provide bravery. In the story, “The Green Knight,” translated by Marie Borroff, the green knight shows up to challenge Arthur. He says, “This ax that is heavy enough, to handles as he likes, And I shall bide him the first blow, as bare as I sit.” With that being said, Arthur stands up, however, before he can speak Gawain stands up to volunteer. Being that he knows that the same will happen to him in one year, he risks it, to save Arthur. In this part of the story, it portrays a man with great
Gawain later redeemed himself, when he and his guide were searching for the green knights home. Gawain’s guide begs him to flee, to run away, and promises that he would never tell anyone, but Gawain refuses, saying, “I believe you’d keep it secret, I believe you. But however loyally you lied, if I rode away, fled for fear, as you tell me, I’d be a coward no knight could excuse. Whatever comes, I’m going to that chapel…”(page 122-123). Gawain would have likely gotten away if he had run, but he refuses to fall into temptation, because he knows the
I honestly think ''Odysseus'' was smart in a lot of ways. I mean he knew that maybe some of his choices he made seemed dumb at first but the outcome made it seem like some of his choices is smart after all. I personally think that he is justified in this actions. In the story most if not all of the punishments happened in return of something for example ''Odysseus'' left without anyone knowing and also took his men along with him later on they got attacked. As you see if ''Odysseus'' would've left how could and would that had happen.
They both were seeking for something that was greater than themselves, something that would help them but both wanted something different. Beowulf looked for the best interest in his people and went to other nations to aid them in defeat of monsters or other terrors harming them. He was looking for fame and glory and did so by helping others and although this seems selfless in the end it was all to benefit himself. While beowulf helped others in his search for fame gilgamesh was only concerned with himself. In his journey gilgamesh grows bored with his life and decided to go and fight the monster humbaba, who was sent by the gods to watch over the cedar forests.
Actually that invite partially caused Sir Gawain 's adventure. Of course there is the fact that Sir Gawain volunteered to play the Green Knight 's game, once again, because of the societal expectation to be loyal to ones king and King Arthur was the one being challenged. The game was to take turns on hitting each other on the neck with a hatchet. Not to mention that there was a catch involved. Indeed the Green Knight was able to live without his head, "as a man entirely unharmed, although headless on hides steed" (lines 169-170).
During the 3 swings from the axe of the Green Knight, we are able to view several parts of Gawain’s true character. During the first stroke, Gawain flinches and shrinks his shoulders back slightly; clearly fearing the pain his natural instincts tell him accompanies the blade. The Green Knight scoffs at this display of cowardice, exclaiming, “You are not Gawain the glorious, the green man said…and now you flee for fear and have felt no harm” (58. 2270-2272) mocking the brave Gawain’s momentary lack of courage and pointing out the cracks in his character that illustrate his true lack of perfection. During the second stroke, Gawain remains resolute and shows no weakness through the Green Knight’s second feint and Gawain survives the final stroke without so much as a slight nick from the great blade.
Alai also demonstrates, through his refusal, that he doesn’t possess the same compliance with inflicting pain on others despite being Bernard’s best friend. This exhibits the grandness of their humanity for they both sacrifice their own selves to prevent the boy they just met from getting hurt. “ He hadn’t meant to kill the Giant. This was supposed to be a game. Not a choice between his own grisly death and an even worse murder.