Although seemingly small, Sir Gawain consciously returned everything he received and the only time he does not is when Bertilak’s wife gives him a lifesaving girdle. The author makes a point to make sure the reader knows that Gawain means to keep the girdle and will therefore destroy his loyalty to Lord Bertilak. Why would Gawain uphold the values of knighthood so high only to throw it away in such a greedy and selfish manner? Perhaps it is to show that even the most ideal knights falter in a moment of weakness. Although Gawain consciously makes a disloyal decision, it is clear that Gawain is not a bad knight.
In many ways, John Proctor is seen as a ‘tragic hero’, he is portrayed as a man with definite great values which he has flawed. Proctor isn’t initially seen as truly moral character, his adultery and redundancy to completely dismiss his religious beliefs and rites prove otherwise. His beliefs are dismissed due to the immortality Abigail displays in her characterisation that effectively rubs off on him. John chooses to be immoral, but he himself knows the difference between right and wrong, and his conscious still plays a big role in the decisions he makes, unlike with Abigail. Throughout his characterisation, John Proctor is seen as a man of integrity, despite his immoral actions.
Some actions may go against the knightly expectations, hence, leading to shame. Several examples of honor are apparent in the text. For instance, Sir Gawain meets another knight on his quest who honors him by inviting Gawain to his castle. However, the events that follow illustrate that acting against the expectations of a knight could lead to dishonor or shame. Sir Gawain showcases courage as he treads on the unknown path despite being warned by four shepherds.
Some people may argue Atticus is not a hero. For example some people might not think of him as a hero because he doesn't do everything an example of this is when Scout says “ Our father can’t do anything”(89). However there are many things Atticus can do like, he's one of the most honest people and he is very wise and modest. In conclusion Atticus may not fly around in a cape or shoot lasers from his eyes but he is still a hero just in a different way. Maybe that’s the true definition of being a hero—overcoming adversity and keeping those you love safe, while teaching them respect of not only themselves, but of
Unferth’s challenge to Beowulf beckons the question in the reader’s mind if whether or not Beowulf will be able to defeat Grendel. Unferth would not be happy that his king offered to help, because if he was able to defeat Grendel when he encountered him, Hart would not need saving. The cultural dynamics that are at work are pride and heroism. To establish their
Sir Gawain: Chivalrous Knight or Average Human In the epic Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain makes a valiant effort to hold himself to the Chivalric Code; however, in many instances throughout the epic he falls short of the standard he chooses to live by. Certainly it would be difficult for any person to uphold every aspect of the Chivalric Code in its entirety and in every moment or situation, just as it is difficult for many people to live up to the standards set by their faith or the laws set by their government. Nothing short of Sir Gawain’s life is at stake during the epic, but had it not been it is possible he would be considered a better person and fails in his pursuit because he is further tested than the average person.
Even though they both have high IQ, Robert Oppenheimer succeed, but Chris Langan does not. For the difference, Chris Langan didn’t have the practical intelligence to change the world as he wanted, but Robert Oppenheimer possessed the practical intelligence that allowed him to get what he wanted from the world. Actually, Chris Langan couldn’t get a scholarship of college because he didn’t explain the circumstance properly which shows that he didn’t have the practical intelligence to change bad result to good result (Gladwell, 2008). Actually, Chris Langan just asserting himself. Meanwhile, using practical intelligence, Robert Oppenheimer persuaded the general Leslie Groves, who was in charge of
Many people would argue the character of John Proctor showed the best judgement in the play, but his desire to maintain an image of a good man took away any semblance of discernment. To truly have enough wits about him to save himself, John Proctor could have turned away from desperation to not sully his name and saved his own life: a decision albeit forced onto him because of Abigail’s decisions, but a poor choice nonetheless. Sometimes, pride can be as deadly a sin as confidence is is a virtue. Proctor’s vanity did not lie in his looks, but in holding to his appearance as a Godly and innocent man --- an obsession that lead to his death. While the play itself states it was for his family, one can infer that his own selfishness -- one that did not benefit him as Abigail’s benefited her.
“My view is that it is desirable to be both loved and feared; but it is difficult to achieve both and, if one of them has to be lacking, it is much safer to be feared than loved”. A ruler who has relied most of his energy towards forming friendships and confiding in other men 's promises, and neglected to prepare other defences, will be ruined. A friendship that is acquired through monetary values, and not through greatness, are within themselves unreliable when they are needed. When it comes to the military approach, it is best not to consider the harshness because armies are not kept united and prepared for action unless their leader is harsh. In these
When the captain responded by telling Collins that it is a risky trip, Collins was uncomfortable in his answer of saying that he will go nonetheless. The conversation was able to manifest the true intentions of Collins, a true hero with the essence of courage would be undaunted by the danger and will want to help for the sake of others. However, Collins was timid about his answer and was uncomfortable with his own response to his captain, showing that he does not actually want to get the water for his comrades because he was indecisive to his answer to the captain. Overall, Crane was able indicate the theme of the story by showing the true reasoning of his actions primarily through his conversations with his comrades and his