Faith as part of the code of chivalry can be seen as a major idea throughout “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” and is explained in more detail in the writing “Grace Versus Merit in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” In “Grace Versus Merit in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” the author is explaining how faith is a huge part of the story of Sir Gawain. He states that the poem “is deeply imbued with Christian moral values…” (Champion 413). Champion goes on to give some examples of how the writer of the poem “‘was thoroughly familiar with the trends of religious concepts’”
The tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight—a well-known, late 14th century Middle English romance—embodies significant themes. These themes are successfully fulfilled by the influential characters in the story. One of these characters, Sir Gawain—the protagonist of the story and one of King Arthur’s knights—proves to be the hero of the story. Although he humbly denies it, Gawain has a repute of being a distinguished knight and loyal subject. In the story, Gawain is portrayed as possessing the acme of all knightly characteristics, yet, still has several attributes to master.
While the code of chivalry is intended to reflect concepts created by Christian morality, the real world applications of this code often end up setting the chivalrous at odds with the ideals they seek to uphold. Few stories exemplify this concept more than Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In the beginning of the poem, Sir Gawain is able to act both chivalrously and in accordance with his Christian code of morals. However, as the poem progresses, he is forced to make choices between the code of chivalry, and Christian ideals. Although in the beginning of the poem Gawain is able to satisfy both his chivalric duty and Christian ideals, he is later forced to compromise his Christian values for the sake of chivalry.
Berlitak does indeed think that even though there is such a problem in Sir Gawain’s honesty, it is unimportant considering Gawain’s concern for his own life. On the other hand, he analyzes himself for his own behavior of receiving the girdle from the woman and not returning. Evaluating Sir Gawain as the ideal warrior of the era, it would disagree according to many different perspectives. When the green knight abruptly appears, Gawain bravely, but recklessly, accepts the challenge against the knights of King Arthur. Sir Gawain, while courteous and noble, he may be too immature to go through with his many adventures.
The Great Garsby is a great example in which a character must contend with some aspect of their social impacts. JayGatsby shows his relationship to thpast contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. Jay Gatsby's past started back when he was born to a family that was not wealthy. As he grew older he became aware of his surroundings. One day he got to meet a very important person that helped him get where he is in the 1920's.
It is so easy to point out the flaws in others, but how difficult and painful it is to address one’s own flawed life. In commentaries on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Grogan addresses the faults within Gawain through Lady Bertilak, and Shoaf acknowledges Gawain’s sin, and Benson emphasises Gawain’s subtle obsession with his identity. Nedra C. Grogan in her essay “Mulier est hominis confusio: The Green Knight’s Lady” approaches the lady in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in a different view than other critics. Grogan points out that many neglect the importance and significance that lady Bertilak serves, and therefore closely analyzes the lady in her personality, abilities, and her purpose in the poem.
Sir Gawain and the Green knight is one of the oldest and best known Arthurian stories that is thought to date back to the late fourteenth century. A knight is understood to be a warrior and a strong individual who serves a monarch or leader, but what really makes a knight? What qualities and morals are expected of a knight? Are strength and prowess enough or are knights supposed to be chivalrous, courteous, brave, and honorable? If so, did they ever make mistakes or were they perfect?
During the era that Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written, there was the fusion of two religions coming together. The Pagan religion was the former belief system, but Christianity was on the rise. This is visible through the five sets of five that are discussed when describing Sir Gawain as the ideal knight. The five sets of five include the five joys: Annunciation, Nativity, Resurrection, Ascension, and Assumption; the five senses: sight, hearing, scent, taste, and touch; the five wounds that Christ received on the cross, Gawain’s five fingers, and five characteristics that everyone must follow: friendship, fraternity, purity, politeness, and pity. Gawain personifies all of these in such a way that he as himself can be viewed as the Christian religion’s ideas and beliefs.
Romantic values in stories have been the same across time, be it in a story or in a modern movie. These elements have changed in the way they are shown, but still come down to the same sense of values. Modern movies can add sound effects and nice lighting, but older stories rely on vivid imagery and poetic styles to portray romantic values. People turn down love to keep their honor or deal with loneliness on a daily basis. Some people accept loneliness as a way to keep their honor.
Many people recollect the excitement that took place as a young child simply waking on Christmas day. At its simplest level, hope and curiosity drive these children to such an excited state. This excitement never leaves an individual, it simply changes forms. F. Scott Fitzgerald exemplifies this virtue through his character Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby’s life shows how an individual’s hopes and dreams are far more important than the desired satisfaction from these dreams.