Therefore, the gold is symbolic of success, wealth, triumph and power. The black is used to portray the other people involved in the play: the soldiers and the commoners. They play an important role in Henry’s victory and character development but they always lie in the shadows. Their characters are powerful and they make the play what it is but the King is always rendered superior. Black is also symbolic of death and so the literal death of soldiers in the war and Falstaff can be taken into account as well as the figurative death of Henry’s friendship with his Boar’s Head Tavern
What is a coat of arms and why is it an important part of Edgar Allen Poe’s story The Cask of Amontillado? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a coat of arms, which dates to medieval time, was “the principal part of a system of hereditary symbols dating back to early medieval Europe, used primarily to establish identity in battle”. It originated from the surcoat, the tunic worn over the armor to shield it from the sun. It had the same picture that would appear on a knight’s banner and shield. In those days the heralds would use them to identify the knight on the battlefield or in tournaments.
Beowulf might have served as a good moral story to the Anglo-Saxons, but when adapted to christian values, it contradicts itself. As an illustration, Beowulf was originally written to represent the perfect hero according to the Anglo-Saxons. This is evidenced since throughout the whole poem, Beowulf not once demonstrates a fault, and even at the moment of his death, he has not failed in his purpose, as he has defeated the dragon, has died a heroic death: (lines 2702-2711) “Once again the king gathered his strength and drew a stabbing knife he carried on his belt, sharpened for battle. He stuck it deep into the dragon 's flank. Beowulf dealt it a deadly wound.
Throughout time and history, literature and art, the topic of civil discipline has always been an issue of debate and war. More than once people both innocent and guilty have died affirming their beliefs on the subject, effectively making them a martyr. To Kill a Mockingbird, a story set during the Great Depression by Harper Lee, critically analyzes this topic of punishment and forgiveness, and the consequences of unjustly condemning the innocent. The political concerns of this era also reflect the ideals present in the book, and show the conflicting ideas of the weak against the strong, and how history has always favored the latter. Especially within both the World Wars, figures such as Archduke Ferdinand, Chamberlain, Hitler, Winston, Stalin, and the League of Nations, to name a few, have gone through their respective struggles as they deal with persecution and salvation.
Lancelot finishes as a proud knight beheading his competitor and clearing the name of a man who serves the King. When Kay is accused of committing adultery it is said If Kay shall be made to atone for this outrage, and the Queen's shame thus be exposed. It devolves upon you to see that justice is done, and this justice I now request and claim. Kay has betrayed King Arthur, his lord, who had such confidence in him that he entrusted to him what he loved most in the world. (29) The crime’s shame has been solely placed upon the Queen.
In brief, during a New Year’s Eve feast, at King Arthur’s court, the Green Knight visits there. He challenges any brave representative to a game. The Green Knight says that he will allow whomever accepts the challenge to strike him with his own axe, on the condition that the challenger find him in exactly one year later to receive a hit in return. After that Sir Gawain who is nephew of King Arthur and the hero of the poem asks to take the challenge himself. He takes hold of the axe and, cuts off the knight’s head.
Even when Beowulf passed away in his last battle, it was told that fate determined to be that way, it was his time to go. The narrator describes a good king by saying, "He ruled lands on all sides: wherever the sea would take them his soldiers sailed, returned with tribute and obedience. There was a brave king!" (8-12). What the narrator is saying is that a good king has thanes that would respect him and obey him, and Baewulf showed this characteistics of a good king.These qualities allow him to become an honored king, yet they also lead to his death.
Aurora shall not peep out of her doors, But I will have Cosroe by the head And kill proud Tamburlaine with point of sword.” (p.17) The foolish king becomes a subject for laughter for his ironical thundering speech. The same irony can be noticed in Cosroe’s alliance with Tamburlaine. After they have defeated Mycetes, Tamburlaine challenges Cosroe. The newly crowned king of Persia responds: However, Cosroe is defeated by Tamburlaine, just like Mycetes. Ironically, one of the reasons why Cosroe has wanted to dethrone his brother is the weak-mindedness of Mycetes.
The form of government that takes place during Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is feudalism it’s a cast system that was made up of kings, nobles, knights and peasants. The way feudalism worked was by exchanging land for military service which was then passed down to the peasants who would cultivate the land in return for living on it. In medieval times the knights were expected to be honorable, brave and fight for justice. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is considered a masterpiece that was written back in the fourteenth century. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by John Gardner talks about the lesson learned by Sir Gawain such as honor, keeping ones word and learning form ones past mistakes.
Sir Gawain’s Quest and Theme of Ideal Chivalry Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an Arthurian romance that embodies the chivalric values of the English aristocratic class in the mid-fourteenth century. It has been written by an unknown author who has written also Pearl, Purity and Patience. In the poem; Sir Gawain is a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table and but at the same time he is a nephew of the king. In order to he has a kinship with the king, his braveness and chivalry is interrogated constantly. Therefore, when learn Green Knight’s challenge he decides to being volunteer.