Sir Gawain Character Analysis

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Do the flaws of a character remain a part of that person forever? In many aspects of literature, the characters battle an internal war in which they must recognize their flaws and become a better person. In contrast, many works of literature, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight show characters who are never able to accomplish this, leading many to believe that it is impossible to become a better person. People and characters are capable of redeeming themselves of their flaws, despite the fact that some do not undergo this redemption of character. For example, Simon Armitage proves this through the varying perspectives of the characters in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. More specifically, Armitage uses the contradicting perspectives and…show more content…
For example, in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the man accompanying Sir Gawain shows perfect knowledge of his own limits and faults. “‘... You seem to be saying you’re hell-bent on heaping harm on yourself and losing your life, so I’ll delay you no longer’” (Armitage 163). To phrase it differently, this man recognizes the headstrong pride in Sir Gawain and attempts to stray Gawain from his path. However, since Gawain refuses, this man returns to the castle unscathed due to his rational thinking and his ability to recognize and, ultimately, fix his fault. Similarly, this ability to recognize and stray from fault is a characteristic in many stories, both factual and fictional. For example, in the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, when Louie Zamperini admits that he has a drinking problem, his drinking begins to go away. “Louie felt indignant rage flaring in him, a struck match. I am a good man, he thought. I am a good man. Even as he had thought this, he felt the lie in it” (Hillenbrand 380). In other words, Louie tries to ignore his alcoholism, but he knows that it is a flaw he must fix. Eventually, Louie overcomes his alcoholism and becomes religious, redeeming himself of his mistakes where many people could not. To sum it all up, many people recognize their flaws and attempt to fix these
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