Each knight is loyal, courageous, battle tested by participating in the formation and eventual downfall of Camelot, aristocratic with the exception of Perceval, and dedicated to the quests they were given to the point of sacrificing their lives during the quest for the Holy Grail and the final battle against Mordred. These characters are never overly generous to the point that they would be damaging their high class positions with the exception of King Arthur and they are continuously masculine
“Yossarian was in love with the maid in the lime-colored panties because she seemed to be the only woman left he could make love to without falling in love with” (). Throughout Joseph Heller’s novel, Catch-22, sex is illustrated as an escape from the bureaucratic and cold war which the characters are stuck within. Though Yossarian manages to become close to many of the females which he spends his time with, Yossarian treats love as a desirable escape which is detrimental. As an effect, though Yossarian seeks out love throughout the novel, he either falls completely away from love or manages to come just short of it. This is seen multiple times throughout the novel with a few critical examples being Yossarian’s relationships with the maid, Nurse Duckett, and Luciana.
In the novel Romeo and Juliet, there are characters that have structural roles to play. These characters have a deeper and more significant meaning to the story than how they are literally interpreted by the reader. One of these character is Mercutio, a blood relative of the Prince and a close friend of Romeo. Mercutio's role in Romeo and Juliet is to provide the masculine comic potential through the action of degrading love in a joking fashion as observed in the Queen Mab speech, the taunting of the Nurse, and the taunting of Romeo through Rosaline. One example of how Mercutio is the masculine comic potential is through the Queen Mab speech.
The two are different due to one being a comedy while the other is full of tragedy, but both of the stories centers around love making it the main theme in both of these tales. Both of the stories contain obsessive love, lustful love, and differentiate when it comes to true emotions. Between the two only one has fulfilled love while the other contains unfulfilled love. It 's quite noticeable that the love that some of the characters in The Great Gatsby and Twelfth Night can be seen as obsessive and creepy. This is most frequently seen through Gatsby (Great Gatsby) and Orsino (12th Night) with their love towards Daisy (Great Gatsby) and Olivia (12th Night).
Gawain volunteered himself because he believed that he was the weakest the knights from Arthur’s round table we are shown just how honorable Gawain was to King Arthur when he said, “Were I not your nephew my life would mean nothing; to be born of your blood is my body’s only claim.” (356-357) Beowulf and Sir Gawain are seen by audiences as both tremendously heroic. Beowulf might have been the strongest man, but Gawain was honorable and moral, much like a true hero should
These two “star crossed lovers”, as the book called them, were not in love but in lust. Romeo and Juliet's relationship is based on lust because of how long they knew each other, their age, and their forbidden love. A relationship based on true love takes time to develop. The text states, “Now Romeo is beloved and loves again, Alike bewitched by the charm of looks”(Shakespeare 2.Prologue.5-6). Romeo and Juliet had just met and they were already bewitched by each other (2.Prologue.6).
“Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.” Eartha Kitt. Macbeth was a true Shakespearean tragic hero. He had many noble qualities as well as several tragic flaws. He was a loyal nobleman to King Duncan, who was haunted by an overwhelming ambition of becoming the next king, which then led to his own downfall.
Shakespeare's history plays are known for their power struggles, but they are the driving force within his comedies as well. The way people seek and wield their power are important themes in Henry IV and Much Ado About Nothing. Prince Hal seems to start off as an ineffectual leader, but is quickly revealed to be an adept and powerful prince. His cunning mind and and relaxed attitude make him well-liked by all. Don Pedro is introduced after having won a war, which shows his strength.
This being said it seems that honour is the differentiating category in becoming an ideal man. The actions of the monsters, especially Grendel can be seen as hugely shameful in the aristocratic ideal of masculinity, but after his actions his mother still defends him. For this reason I do not think that the ideals of masculinity are the same for both the aristocratic society as for others. Although both sides struggle with these ideals, it is the aristocratic side that truly try to become that ideal of masculinity. The ideals of aristocratic masculinity mean for the men to be brave, loyal and honourable.