Chivalry has many features that shape a knight, however the virtues that Sir Gawain presents the most are courage and honesty. One time when Gawain showed honesty and courage is when he went to fulfill his deal with the Green Knight. The guide leading Gawain to the Green Chapel told Gawain that he should run and that no one would know about his Failure to keep his promise. But Gawain said he must fulfill his deal: “But however heedfully thou hid it, if I here departed,/ faith in fear now to flee, in fashion thou speakest,/ I should a knight coward be, I Could not be excused./ Noy, I’ll fare to the chapel, whatever chance may befall” (85.13-16).
The court is not affected by this instead they change the green girdle into a symbol of honor by wearing it represented "so that was taken as a token by the table round, and he honored that had it" (2519-20). In Sir. Gawain and The Green Knight the girdles symbol changes from life, to shame, and finally honor during the
Throughout his entire journey, Gawain tried to remain courageous and brave. In fact, Gawain demonstrated his bravery when he accepted the challenge that no one else dared to do. Following that he then showed his braveness by cutting off the Green Knights head and keeping his word to return in one year and one day. He even had enough courage to go on a journey by himself rather than having the other knights go along. Although Gawain is seen to be fearful of death because instead of giving away the girdle he kept it in secret so its magical powers would protect him from the Green Knight.
In Titus 3:2 it says “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people (ESV).” If there were a verse to symbolize the idea of a perfect knight, it would be Titus 3:2. It exemplifies the rules of chivalry back in the medieval romance period very well. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain illustrates the rules of chivalry and event to the point where some consider him the perfect knight. Unfortunately though, there are times throughout the poem that he displays his imperfections, but do they outweigh all the multiple other positive attributes and decisions he makes?
Once the green knight appeared, he tells the court that he’s heard many things about them and their bravery. The court tries not to show their fear towards the green knight, but his presence alone was both terrifying and mesmerizing. After the knight finishes complimenting the court, the knight tells them the call to adventure. He challenges one of them to test their bravery by cutting off his head, but next year, he’d do the same to the person who cut off his
Original: Sir Gawain is responsible for all of the negative things that happen to him Revised: Sir Gawain is responsible for all of the negative things that happen to him because cuts off the Green Knight’s head, makes the bet with the host, and keeps the wife’s green girdle Final: Sir Gawain acts irrationally when making decisions, which is why he is the only one to blame for the negative things that happen to him. 2)
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.
In Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, the characteristics of the ideal knight is represented by King Arthur’s court. However, it will be challenged by The Green Knight as well as Bertilak’s court. Sir Gawain would reach a new understanding that ideals would eventually remain as ideals and that he is human, therefore it is perfectly fine to feel weak. The clashes between religion and chivalry that defines the ideal knight in King Arthur’s court.
Benvolio said to Romeo that, “ Signior Martino and his wife and daughters, some beautious sisters” and lovely nieces”_ and of course Rosaline, Romeo’s last love, destined for the nunnery rather than his arms”(1.2.64). This quote shows that Benvolio is cheering up Romeo so that he could go to Capulet’s party. Benvolio should be Pardoned because he was honest with prince and told him every single thing which happened. He told what happened between Romeo and Tybalt and so whose fault was that so that is why he should be pardoned.
Consider how the theme of courage is treated in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a story that celebrates courage in a positive light in the majority of situations but we see that courage can have a negative impact on some of the characters in the story and it questions knighthood. Courage is an honourable term defined “The ability to do something that frightens one; bravery:” (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/courage) and for Gawain to be called this term defines him as a knight. His actions throughout the story makes it difficult to analyse how courage is treated in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
The game was to take turns on hitting each other on the neck with a hatchet. Not to mention that there was a catch involved. Indeed the Green Knight was able to live without his head, "as a man entirely unharmed, although headless on hides steed" (lines 169-170). The Green Knight asked Sir Gawain to come to his chapel on New Year 's Eve in order to hit Sir Gawain with the hatchet. On his way to the chapel Gawain encountered a castle with a lady in it.
Gawain fails in that he displays his natural human weakness to flee from adversity on the first stroke, and displays his will to live up to his virtues and strong character in the second and third strokes. Yet this scene proves that no matter how hard Gawain (or anyone for that matter) tries, they will always remain human and thus will never ever be able to be absolutely perfect in anything that they do and will inevitably make many mistakes as they struggle for
(Neilson p. 10). This proves that the Green Knight is some sort of supernatural being, someone immortal. One last way the Green Knight proved he was godly was when giving tests to Sir Gawain. He set Gawain up to face sins, like a God would do, to test his faith. Then after failing those test Gawain went to Green Knight and faced his judgment.
People today do not take the risk like he did and it fascinates me to think that even in death he was honored. His nephew did everything he asked and more. Beowulf is not like other heroes. He is not in it for others to look at him and say he is a hero mostly he just wanted to help. He was loved, committed, and fearless.
Through the characters in the books of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the audience can see these awesome tales of redemption, and be inspired to learn from their mistakes. In the book by Simon Armitage, the protagonist, Sir Gawain, is viewed to be the perfect knight. However, he is not “perfect.” He took the lady of the houses’ green girdle and did not tell the lord of the manor.