Some of the rules state “A true friend to lovers of women, courteous and meek or gentle” (Malory 317). Gawain proves to be loyal to Lancelot when he refuses to betray him after discovering his affair with Queen Guinevere, unlike Mordred. This shows Gawain’s devotion to friendship and loyalty to Lancelot. The traitor, Mordred, forces readers to question Cohen’s intriguing thought that says “They ask us to reevaluate our cultural assumptions about sexuality… perception of difference and tolerance towards [these differences] expression” (28). Largely, Mordred also forces the people, including the knights, of Camelot to recognize the sexual acts between Lancelot and Guinevere and expresses their views of tolerance differently than Mordred and instead remain loyal to Lancelot and Guinevere to try to maintain peace in the kingdom.
This is why some of the great protagonists, whether from novel or history, are indeed nonconformists. In the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Randle McMurphy is a great protagonist and nonconformist against the antagonist, Nurse Ratched. I believe that a great protagonist will be, in some way, a nonconformist because if a protagonist was conformist, there most likely would be no reason for an antagonist to arise; also when a protagonist is a nonconformist it gives them nobility. The greatest protagonists, lastly, are those who bring change to the world for the better, which is brought by
Both the Wife of Bath’s tale and Sir Gawain have trials assigned to their main characters by women. The knight in Wife of Bath’s tale is being punished for raping a young woman and his punishment is to find an answer to the question, “what do women want most?” instead of death. He learns that women want sovereignty, but in return for obtaining his answer he needs to marry the hag that provided him with the answer. The hag later transforms into a beautiful woman once she wins over the right to choose and rule at her own will.
Arthur’s teachings and customs had made his knights serve him with honor. In the beginning of the medieval romance, Gawain has accepted the task from the Green Knight for Arthur and Camelot. Although he has blood ties with Arthur and has a high status among the knights at the Round Table, Gawain reveals that he is the weakest among Arthur’s knights. He accepts because he is devoted to Arthur and has great respect for him. Arthur
(Pg. 566 ) Gawaine’s loyalty is remarkable. Gawaine intelligently and skillfully leads his clan, stays loyal to those he trusts, but lashes out with his short temper. He remains the same most of the book, but at the end he forgives Lancelot and turns away from his family to stand by King Arthur.
Power as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “the possession of control, authority, or influence over others.” It connotes having the upper hand over what happens to somebody or something. In the book, The Wife of Bath’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, he talks about a kingdom that had a lusty knight who raped a lady, and was charged to find out what women loved the most. In the knight’s pursuit to answer this riddle, he discovers that women want sovereignty and power. Power is a very important theme in the book.
Furthermore, the punishment was not too severe because Odysseus was basically saving a life for a life. They were going to kill Telemachus so Odysseus killed them instead. So the punishment of death was not too severe on the wooers. Though it may have been a little harsh for the hand maidens that went along with the
Jealousy, a simple and common emotion, has the power to create havoc. This has been demonstrated in stories throughout the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. Often, the stories do not have a happy ending, since the jealous person ruins whoever they consider competition. This was shown with our goddesses Hera and Aphrodite. Both women punished the one that their lover loved or has something they wanted.
The lines 1550-1553 from the Pearl poets epic Sir Gawain and the Green Knight epitomizes two of the most important virtues of a noble knight, and Sir Gawain, the man the story follows, defines what is a true knight. He holds a place next to King Arthur and the queen as well as exemplifying two of a knights most important virtues. The first being chastity and the second being courteousness, both however, are very much entwined in this tale. Throughout this epic and many other Arthurian legends praised these traits in the knight and as we shall see, Sir Gawain although still very much human, is a master of both. The virtue of chastity is extremely important in Arthurian legend and we can see this from examining Gawain’s shield.
This statement angered Apollo because he wanted everyone to believe he only loved women. Also, he was jealous of Orion 's obvious friendly affection toward Artemis. Therefore, Apollo tricked Artemis into killing Orion convincing her that Orion was the evil Candaan who had raped Opus.... one of Artemis ' priestesses. Artemis used her skills with a bow and arrow to kill Orion from a distance...still thinking he
A truly powerful leader is cruel and shows little to no accounts of mercy but rather use cruelty to bring order and restore peace and obedience in societies; moreover, while avoiding being hated. Machiavelli argues that a prince should not worry about the criticism of cruelty when it is a matter of protecting his citizens and ensuring they are united, loyal, and obedient. Furthermore, excessive mercy allows for disorder to arise and prosper while creating a dysfunctional society that hurts the future of a prince’s power and credibility. A prince should avoid being hated, but still show no mercy as it establishes him respect and shows his strength, influence, and compassion as a good leader; also, institutes more peace, harmony, and order in
She was a very nice and caring person, but war brought out her bad and competitive side. During the Trojan war, Athena was extremely upset with Paris because he did not name her as the fairest of all goddesses. She never got over the anger and embarrassment that Paris had put on her name (Parada). The fairest goddess would be rewarded with the golden apple. This competition involved Athena and triggered her competitive side because she wanted to win.
In the other reading, Lancelot by Chretien de Troys is an Arthurian poem about the story of Lancelot expressing knightly rightness to free the Queen from Melegant. They both do battle which ends with Lancelot almost defending Melegant but he calls for a rematch in king Arthurs court. This story also shows the love Lancelot has for the Queen. These tales were in collaboration between women like Marie de France. The Arthurian tales contain interests and concerns of women this includes, “threats to women’s independence, enforced or unhappy marriages, disputed inheritance, fashion, and romance” (pg.
While Hera offers to make him king and Athena offers him wisdom in war, Aphrodite offers him the most beautiful woman in the world. He picks Aphrodite and she tells him he will receive Helen, the wife of the King of Sparta, for his prize. His kidnapping of this woman begins the Trojan War. Not only are the three goddesses completely selfish and naive in their quest for beauty, but so is Paris. He neglects the moral code of the Romans just because he believes he is entitled to the wife of another man.
If a prince is cruel just for the sake being cruel he will only cause people to hate him and hatred towards a prince will not end well for him. To avoid hate he should avoid unnecessary cruelty. He must stay away from his subjects ' property and avoid interfering and messing with married women. He can be a feared and an admired leader without being overly cruel. Machiavelli expresses that, “…a prince ought to inspire fear in such a way that, if he does not win love, he avoids hatred; because he can endure very well being feared whilst he is not hated…” (79).