By doing so, Gawain injures his character because he disrespects the code of honor. “A man may hide his misdeed, but never erase it.” (2511) said by Gawain explaining why he will forever wear the green belt. Gawain knows he failed and didn’t abide by the code of honor. Him wearing the green belt symbolizes not only his survival but his failure.
Chivalry was also seen in the short story From Morte D’Arthur. Chivalry is shown in From Morte D’Arthur by the loyalty that Sir Lancelot shows King Arthur. Sir Lancelot battles Sir Gawain for King Arthur as he is the favorite knight of King Arthur. “Here Lancelot is Arthur 's favorite, although he does kill Gawain 's brothers and commits adultery with the queen. And the final tragedy is that eventually Arthur and Lancelot end up battling each other as Camelot tears itself apart”(Adams).
The Knight put a lot of time and energy making his tale one that could be a reflection of societal norms, whereas the Pardoner showed no modesty in weaving his moral into the story. The Knight’s moral of allowing lust to replace loyalty is much more harsh and self-admitting than the Pardoner’s simple moral, “greed is bad.” In the first round of the storytelling competition of, “The Canterbury Tales,” the Knight’s Tale is the definitive winner. The Pardoner’s Tale may have held its own had the storyteller not proclaimed (and bragged about) his hypocrisy before the story even began.
Also, Harry Potter was prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the Wizarding World saying, “I open at the close” (Deathly Hallows, Rowling 698). Harry Potter was willing to give up his precious life so that other wizards would be able to live a happy, full life. Comparing Odysseus, who only sought revenge so that he might, “lay plans to kill our enemies” (Homer 1082). The only one Odysseus was fighting for was his family, which is somewhat selfless but mostly selfish as he could have fought harder for his men, instead of condemning them. On top of that all, Harry Potter had many loved ones dear to him die, yet he still persevered on and Voldemort uses it as an insult saying, “...
This type of sentiment can be seen when Macbeth says “ Bloody instructions,being taught, return to plague the inventor” (Act 1, scene 7). Here, with the use of personification, we can see that Macbeth is wrestling with his ambition, as he is still toying with the idea of whether to kill Duncan or not. Macbeth is aware that murdering Duncan is bad and could eventually lead to even more bloodshed, he is also aware that murdering Duncan could ruin his honor which he greatly values. Macbeth states that Duncan is a good man and a good king, and from this he decides that ambition is not enough to justify the possible regicide of King Duncan.
Before Macbeth receives a daunting prophecy he is described as “Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel” (1.2.17) on the battlefield. Macbeth does not know how the battle he 's fighting will end and is left to his own devices. He wins something that it seems like he shouldn 't have won. The general’s actions and decisions lead to his victorious outcome of the fight and he is hailed as a hero, showing that Macbeth 's fate is based off his own free will. When Macbeth begins to think there is a certain path he must take, his life starts to fall apart.
The great irony surrounding Cassis throughout the story is that he uses his greatest asset to his fullest potential when he allows Brutus to take effective control of the republican faction. Cassius believes that his nobility of Rome are responsible for the government of Rome. They have allowed a man to gain too much power, way more than he needed, therefore, they have responsibility to stop him. Cassius absolutely hates Caesar, but he also deeply resents being subservient to a tyrant, and there are hints that he will have no trouble fighting for his personal freedom. Cassius does not back down following the almost dictatorial pronouncements of his equal, Brutus, even though he absolutely disagree heartedly with most of Brutus’s decisions.
He also says that, by eliminating Duncan, he would only be teaching his subjects that a rise to power is possible through violence, and karma would come back to bite him. He believes that he should not murder Duncan because he is his servant and host whose main goal is always to protect him. Duncan has been a gracious and humble leader that many respect, and in the case of his untimely death, his subjects would mourn him greatly. In spite of this, when Lady Macbeth offers the escape of blaming the murder on the guards, Macbeth’s ambition kicks in and he is in total support of the crime. Proven from a direct quote from Macbeth himself, Macbeth’s flaw, hubris, further supports his status as an aristotelian
Macbeth was forced to go against his moral code, suffering so much from regret to gain his short kingship, but because of his fear of Banqo’s abilities, he is worried that Banqo’s son will be able to easily attain the throne. He remarks on Banqo’s abilities that he “hath the wisdom that doth guide his valor to act in safety.” (58-59) Macbeth knows that Banqo is not so irrational and risky as Macbeth, and that his logical and rational thinking will lead him to not take so many risks while also ensuring his sons kingship. Macbeth risked imprisonment
Berlitak does indeed think that even though there is such a problem in Sir Gawain’s honesty, it is unimportant considering Gawain’s concern for his own life. On the other hand, he analyzes himself for his own behavior of receiving the girdle from the woman and not returning. Evaluating Sir Gawain as the ideal warrior of the era, it would disagree according to many different perspectives. When the green knight abruptly appears, Gawain bravely, but recklessly, accepts the challenge against the knights of King Arthur. Sir Gawain, while courteous and noble, he may be too immature to go through with his many adventures.
For the knights this encompassed many things which included honesty, respect, and pride. This may have stemmed from the fact that Knights weren’t mercenaries; they fought for a king or lord. Sir Gawain is a perfect example of this. In line 117 he says to his king, “Would you grant me the grace, to be gone from this bench and stand by you there, if I without discourtesy might quit this board, and if my liege lady misliked it not, I would come to your counsel before your court nobel”. He may not want to accept the Green Knight’s challenge, but he doesn’t want Arthur to do it.
In “fighting for the wrong war”, O’Brien becomes a coward, and only in fighting for the right wars will he find his courage. In saying so, the war O’Brien desires to fight is not one of bloodshed and distraught, but that of reason, just, and knowledge. He “detested [others] blind, thoughtless, automatic acquiescence,” and held every individual at war responsible to God. “Politically naive,” but educated of the fundamentals of a war simply to stop Communist, O’Brien held the strong belief that fighting for a war that was undesired and not understood was intolerable. Although he survived the war, “It [was] not a happy ending,” as in the act of going to war, O’Brien depleted what “finited quantities” of courage he possessed.
Another symbolic moment when Roy presses the hold button in front of Ethel is that during the whole play, Ethel shows up when Roy is at his weakest; however, when Roy dies, he presses the hold button in front of her asserting himself over death and attempts to regain his power in front of Ethel. In conclusion, the hold button contains lots of symbolism as it shows how he tries to regain control over his life and even death. By asserting himself over others, Roy gains a sense of superiority that boots his ego even more. The hold button represents his hidden gay identity as he always cuts people off on his phone and he hold back and cuts off who he is and even denies it to
A Code of Conduct In the Medieval era, aristocrats considered knights the nobility in feudal society. Arthurian Knights are equipped with weapons and armor, while partaking in violence and bloodshed. As highly skilled fighting men, they hold power over other members of society. The only way to restrain a knight’s actions is through chivalry, or a code of conduct they have to follow. Without chivalry, Gawain, the “Prologue” knight and the “Wife of Bath’s Tale” knight would not have been able to call themselves knights.