Bravery is something that is shown throughout many year is many different ways. In the story “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” the Green Knight appears and asks for someone to accept his challenge which consists of swinging an axe at the Knight knowing that in a year the Knight would come back to swing on Sir Gawain, everyone was scared and did not accept.
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the code of chivalry affects Gawain's actions throughout the story. The code of chivalry that Gawain tries to follow is one of loyalty, courtesy, and courage. He shows his loyalty to Arthur at the beginning of the story, when the Green Knight challenges “any in [the] house”(286) to accept his game, everyone remains silent. He goes on to insult and laugh at Arthur and everyone else, which results in Arthur having to accept the challenge and “lay hold of [the Green Knight’s]
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the call is answered by the hero when Camelot's honor is taken by the Green Knight. In the hero's journey, the hero faces the call when something has been taken or lost that destabilizes the hero's home. Early in part one, The Green Knight offers his challenge when no one takes up the challenge, he “ And now the Round Table’s game and its feasting are done, thrown down at the sound of one man’s Words-and you sit there shaking-at words!”. (313-315) This laughter is the real call because it is a weapon the Knight uses. The Green Knight is so powerful, it seems he can defeat all of Camelot with “menz words” it says “ but you've asked for folly, and folly You'll get!
Sir Gawain’s display of valor begins when he accepts the challenge of the Green Knight. As King Arthur steps forward to accept the challenge brought forth by the Green Knight, Sir Gawain intervenes telling King Arthur that because his loss would be too great and he himself volunteers in Arthur’s place. Sir Gawain
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the theme is based on integrity, all of which is categorized in a romance. Knights are judged by their behavior and also by the code of chivalry. In this poem, King Arthur and his knights are challenged. The chivalry of King Arthur’s court is challenged by the Green Knight” however, in embarrassment of his fellow men King Arthur takes on the challenge himself only for Sir Gawain, his nephew, to take him on instead as he claims he has nothing to lose. To put it differently, Gawain’s integrity was challenged.
Each of these major parts have smaller steps within them that are parts of a task the hero takes on. Now Beowulf is of course the hero of the story. He goes out and volunteers to fight Grendel for the Danes who had been dealing with him for twelve years nonstop. Beowulf also goes and defeats Grendel’s mother when she awakens from her den and tries to avenge her son.
Some of the most famous stories about the Middle Ages are about King Arthur and his Round Table. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an example of a story that deals with King Arthur, his court, and Sir Gawain. As the title manifests, this story focuses on Sir Gawain and his conflict with the mysterious Green Knight. In place of King Arthur, Sir Gawain accepts the Knight’s proposition: Gawain shall strike a blow to the Green Knight’s neck and after a year and one day, the Knight shall do the same to Sir Gawain.
Sir Gawain is King Arthur's nephew and a Knight of the Round Table in the Arthurian legend. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late 14th-century Middle English chivalric romance. It is one of the best known Arthurian stories. , Gawain must remain loyal to his lord at all times, always fulfill his promises, and display skill and bravery with a weapon. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain’s character his survival instinct wars with his knightly duty to fulfill his oath to the Green Knight.
When Lancelot arrives, the people of the town celebrate and announce that they have finally found a true knight, because many others had failed this test of chivalry. These stories seem to lead up to the Green Knight. They all have similar plotlines and
Sir Gawain was motivated by self-ambition in proving his courage, strength, and heroism through the challenge. The Green Knight’s offer is appealing for Sir Gawain because even if he dies it will be heroic and his journey will become epic. The Green Knight says to Sir Gawain, “that you’ll search me out to the ends of the earth to earn the same blow [and] if you smite me smartly I could spell out the facts of my house and home and my name. ”(lines 395-396, 407-408) The sequence of information that the Green Knight will offer once the challenge is completed foreshadows the journey of Sir Gawain.
In class, we read many different books that all have different morals or lessons in them. For example, in “The Knight's Tale”,they show how love can be the end of you. In “The Pardoner’s Tale”, he tells how greed will destroy your friendship and end your life. In “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, they show how chivalry is the most important lesson from their time. This is why I have chosen “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” to be the best story that we have read this year.
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the author’s rhetorical purpose is to entertain the reader by telling a story of a knight learning truth and honesty. The author uses color, alliteration, repetition, bob and wheel, and antanaclasis to keep you interested in reading the poem. The first rhetorical device is color. The author uses color to help you picture what the characters look like. The uses sentences like “Splendid that the knight errant stood in a splay of green, and green, too, was the mane of his destrier.”
Sir Gawain succeeded in upholding his virtues and the Chivalric Code countless times throughout the story. One of the earliest signs of chivalry Sir Gawain shows can be seen at King Arthur’s court, where the Green Knight first appeared before the Knights and challenged them to a game. Sir Gawain shows courage by bravely accepting the challenge, but he also shows humility by praising the other knights and degrading himself by saying, “I am the weakest, I know, and the feeblest of wit, and to tell the truth, there would be the least loss in my life.” (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl Poet, pg. 8)