Comparing Hero In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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In the enlightening poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a noble and honorable knight is set with a task that will challenge his honor and his chivalry. When an astonishing green knight appears and proves to possess surreal characteristics, he makes a deal with Gawain to strike him with his axe as long as he can strike him back in one year time. To keep his word Gawain takes a journey that will illustrate true human characteristics possessed by the poems hero. It is kind of silly to relate the two stories because they are completely different, but I found some relevance in them. When I was little I was challenged a lot by my brothers to wrestle and being the only girl I was stubborn and couldn’t turn down a challenge. As stubborn as I was I was also, in a way, a very fragile or sensitive kid. To put it simpler, I cried a lot. Whenever I found myself in a position I couldn’t get out of I always called for my mom. 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…show more content…
This poem was fantastically written, and these days it is hard to find pieces of literature that readers can relate to in more ways than one. I for one prefer a hero like Gawain than a hero like Beowulf. Sir Gawain displays what all heroes should be; virtuous, noble, humble, and of course they must have humility. Humility is key, because without Sir Gawain’s humanly flaw he would not be our ideal hero that we long for so much in
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