Gawain, an honorable knight, is a strong example of the chivalry code. 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).
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. This tale is based on the Celtic Sovereignty myth about a king marrying a goddess who initially appeared to be hideous, but with the willing kiss from the king, turned into a beautiful woman.
Arthur, the king of Camelot, has become a kind of mentor for Sir Gawain. 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.
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. He shows his love for his family and King throughout The Once and Future King. His short temper, leadership, and mostly his loyalty makes him the second best knight of the Round
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. The impact power has is delineated in the characters of the lusty knight, the loathsome lady the knight marries and the women of the land.
Hence, they did deserve it when you look at what the wooers did and that the hand maidens supported their bad decisions. 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.
Later when Orion mentioned that he looked forward to the return of Artemis, Apollo accused him of sleeping with Artemis and taking her virginity. Orion objected and stated that he was a lover of men as was Apollo. 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.