Would you be able to hold steadfast to your core values and knighthood when faced against a sorcerous Green Knight with an itching to kill? Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, written by the Pearl Poet, is a Medieval Romance tale about a noble knight who puts his life on the line in order to defend his king. Sir Gawain is a prestigious knight who demonstrates passionate integrity and honor as he remains faithful to King Arthur and holds true to the knight's code of chivalry. Although Sir Gawain knew that his life would be thrown into grave danger, he chose integrity and proved his loyalty to the king by upholding the virtues of knighthood. Sir Gawain boldly offers to defend the King's honor when he says, "I beseech you, Sire.
Gawain learns that honesty is rewarding and lying has consequences. He is changed by the experience and travels back to Camelot, “ ‘Gawain rode back swiftly through the forest of Wirral, and after many more adventures he came to Camelot’ “(116). The narrator says King Arthur, “ ‘set him at his place at the round table. And of all the knights who ever sat there, few indeed were so worthy as Gawain.’ “(116). His treasure is not physical but is well earned and still fits the hero’s journey.
To add on, In the second book, the Duke and Duchess treat Don Quixote according to chivalric traditions, making Don Quixote feel certain that he is a true knight-errant. They both continuously spend so much time and effort rearranging activities and playing pranks on Don Quixote and Sancho to entertain themselves while also playing a part in making Don Quixote’s fantasy world real. The Duke and Duchess encourage Don Quixote in his fantasy by supporting his beliefs in Dulcinea’s enchantment as well as other illusions. Throughout the novel, many other characters also play along with Don Quixote’s notion of reality; this only makes them seem almost as insane as Don Quixote
What defines a true ultimate hero? Beowulf, who was an epic hero was King Hrothgar’s “saving grace” when the Danes needed it the most, or Sir Gawain, who was remarkably loyal to his king as he stepped in to defend King Arthur and his fellow knights from being ridiculed from the Green Knight and was brave enough to accept the Green Knight’s “blow for a blow in one year's time” agreement? Both of these men were the most honorable heroes of their time but are very different types of heroes. One was a man who exemplified all values of an epic hero and the other was a noble knight who values the idea of chivalry and courtesy, above all else. The epic poem of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight is remembered by audiences around the world for the way Sir Gawain carried himself with exceptional courage and how courteous of an individual he was.
He was the most sought-after knight in the Arthurian age; numerous people called for his aid, as he was renowned for his incredible skill and valor. He competed in everything from tournaments to simple conflicts. He was always expected to emerge as the victor or make the right decisions for a quarrel or feud. Even if he did not want to help, Lancelot was required to complete the tasks asked of him because of his honor and duty as a knight. Furthermore, Lancelot was considered the best knight but was not the best person.
Beowulf fulfills all the requirements of an epic hero. First, he is the Prince of the Geats and the nephew of his king. This satisfies the need for a noble person. Second, Beowulf is of historical importance as he is the focus of the epic poem Beowulf. The focus on him and belief that he was real makes him legendary and important to come cultures.
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.
This results in Romeo and Juliet sneaking around. Also, at the ball at the Capulet house, Tybalt gets angry with Romeo for being there. “Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe, our villain that is hither come in spite to scorn at our solemnity this night” (Shakespeare 1015). Tybalt expresses his hate for Romeo. Even though he does not know him, Tybalt still views Romeo as an enemy.
He “hung it because (he) knew in doing so (he) was committing a sin” (Poe 2). In carrying out this action knowing it was a sin shows how the man's mind is unstable and not in good standing. No person in their right mind carries out an action and wanting to sin while doing so. Moreover the short story “The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving as well depicts the reoccurring theme of psychological issues. With is wife having been missing, “Tom Walker grew so anxious about the fate of his wife and property he set out to seek them” (Irving 327).
The qualities of a good King are not necessarily the same qualities of a good man. In Act II, while dealing with a traitor from the inside King Henry responds passionately “he that tempered thee bade thee stand up, gave thee no instance why thou shouldst do treason…oh hast thou with jealousy infected the sweetness of affiance... I will weep for thee, for this revolt of thine methinks is like another fall of man- their faults are open. Arrest them to the answer of the law, and go acquit them of their practices.”(II.II. 118-145).
The clearest examples of chivalry were King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The Pearl Poet vividly illustrates the concepts of chivalry in his epic poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, where Sir Gawain is characterized as a very honorable, chivalrous knight. Throughout the poem, Gawain’s unceasing commitment to his code of chivalry provides a protection against, thus proving the value and necessity of chivalry. An integral component
Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing is a dramatic comedy following the wedding catastrophe of Hero and Claudio. Who is to blame for this scheme against Hero? Some people say it is Hero’s maid, Margaret’s, fault, for she is the one who dressed up pretending to be Hero; however, in reality it was truly Don Jon’s fault, for his intentions were to cause disputes amongst the two being wedded. Don Jon is introduced as “The Bastard” of the story. This leads the readers to already assume that Don Jon is the one who is always causing trouble and getting on people’s nerves.
However, Machiavelli warns that “a Prince should inspire fear in such a fashion that if he do not win love he may escape hate.” (Machiavelli 44). His ruination of the reputation of the King of Thebes and the father of his household begins when he accuses his subjects and becomes stubborn to make a compromise. For example, Creon accuses the soldier of taking bribe and not following his order. Creon even threatens the guard to execute for the “treasonous gain” if he does not find the real culprit. Creon once suggests how “[a person] cannot judge unless [one] know the facts” (Sophocles 515) when he is the one being accused by Oedipus.
In “The Birthmark”, Aylmer is bothered in seeing a birthmark on his wife Georgiana’s cheek. I believe that Aylmer was truly evil in the way he manipulated Georgiana in thinking he truly cared about her. Aylmer’s ideas of perfection were the most dangerous thing about him and even led him to kill. When Georgiana learned of her husband’s disdain towards her birthmark she was devastated. Slowly, Aylmer manipulated Georgiana into believing that this mark would need to be removed.