This scar from the Green Knight helped Gawain to realize his faults and the things that make us human in life. As he realizes these imperfections it says, “Gawain stood their speechless for what felt like a century, so shocked and ashamed that his stomach churned and the fire of his blood brought flames to his face and he wriggled and writhed at the other man’s words.” (179). The Green Knight had tested Gawain and by being honest two-thirds of the time, Gawain was allowed to live, even though he would always live in shame from that moment on. Others believed that he was brave and stood up, but Gawain was ashamed while the knights thought he was honorable. “And he showed them the scar at the side of his neck, confirming his breach of faith, like a badge of blame… though this I suffered a scar to my skin… So that slanting green stripe was adopted as their sign, and each knight who held it was honored forever, all meaningful writings on romance remind us: an adventure when happened in the era of Arthur, as the chronicles of this country have stated clearly.” (187-189).
In the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, we begin in King Arthur’s court at a Christmas feast. A stranger, who calls himself the Green Knight, interrupts the festivities proposing a game. Anyone from King Arthur’s court has the chance to have one swing to chop of the Green Knights head, but in return the brave man who does must find the Green Knight at the Green Chapel in a year’s time, and allow the Green Knight to return the favor. When no knight rushes to take on his challenge, the Green Knight insults the court by calling them cowards. "What, is this Arthur's house...Whose fame so fair in far realms and wide?
When Ulysses, Delmar, Pete, and Tommy are going to get hung and die, Ulysses prays to god so that he will live and get back to his daughters. God then sends a sudden flood and saves them. Ulysses still denies it he says that there is an obvious explanation for it to happen. The only difference in the theme is that Odysseus realizes that he really is nothing without the help of the gods. Ulysses just thinks it’s a
Feeling emboldened by his wonderful scheme, Ulysses began to taunt the giant. Despite his men’s pleas, Ulysses would not yield. His arrogance nearly cost his men their lives, for the Cyclops heard the taunts and threw a colossal boulder towards the ship, falling a little short. In conclusion, Ulysses is like every other well-written character: realistic. Ulysses is like any normal human being, he has his virtues and his vices.
In The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien uses the hobbit ,Bilbo, as an example of how a typical ,everyday hobbit turns into a fearless, audacious hero. In his words he shows us many instances where Bilbo turns into a hero to rescue his friends from the perilous dangers as they continue on their adventure. J.R.R. Tolkien uses the times when Bilbo slayes the giant spider, when he rescues the dwarves, and when he tries stops the Battle of The Five Armies.
“Sir Gawain And The Green Knight” shows Christian ideas and shows behavior towards everyone. Sir Gawain shows he is a knight of God and carries a shield with Mother Mary right in the center. The battle between Gawain and The Green Knight took place in the chapel of a church and the act of mercy as shown to be a quality of God all have connections in Christianity. This is how “Sir Gawain and The Green Knight” and Christianity are
After being struck by the Green Knight, the Green Knight tells him that he is the king Gawain met during his journey. The Green Knight said the first two swings were for the two days Gawain told the truth. The cut in his neck is for the day he told only half the truth. If Gawain had not told the truth his head would have been cut off. Gawain learns that honesty is rewarding and lying has consequences.
However important this may seem, Frodo hesitates when he is faced with the challeng. He only manages to complete his Ordeal when the creature Gollum steals the ring from him and falls into the lava of Mount Doom. Odysseus has a much less stressful ordeal. He has to face the many suitors that have invaded his city and kill them all. He does not have to face a tough emotional challenge but instead a physical one.
He also provides the leadership characteristic with making men follow his every move and really questioning him. Most importantly he almost perfectly follows Joseph Campbell's hero cycle. Odysseus call to adventure is ten years after the trojan war has ended and odysseus is helplessly trapped on Calypso's island, Ogygia. Calypso is madly in love with odysseus and unwilling to let him leave and furthermore Odysseus has no ship or crew to help him get home. As Odysseus dreams of being home with his wife and son they are fighting off suitors who have come to pillage odysseus land and try to marry his wife penelope.
The Imperfect Perfection of Sir Gawain There is no such a thing as perfection. In “Sir Gawain and The Green Knight” Gawain faces a big challenge to either betray his word to save his life or tell the truth and live with the consequence. Gawain picks to hide the truth which proves that no one can be perfect. With that proof it shows that “Sir Gawain and The Green Knight” is a good story because it tackles the issues of perfection. During king Arthur's christmas party in camelot a green knight on a green horse, wearing all green with a huge beard came and crashed the party.
During the 3 swings from the axe of the Green Knight, we are able to view several parts of Gawain’s true character. During the first stroke, Gawain flinches and shrinks his shoulders back slightly; clearly fearing the pain his natural instincts tell him accompanies the blade. The Green Knight scoffs at this display of cowardice, exclaiming, “You are not Gawain the glorious, the green man said…and now you flee for fear and have felt no harm” (58. 2270-2272) mocking the brave Gawain’s momentary lack of courage and pointing out the cracks in his character that illustrate his true lack of perfection. During the second stroke, Gawain remains resolute and shows no weakness through the Green Knight’s second feint and Gawain survives the final stroke without so much as a slight nick from the great blade.
While both characters want to fight with honor and bring greatness to their name and kingdom, there are differences between the two warriors. Beowulf is known by all, loved by all, and encourage by all, there is not a battle that he cannot fight. Sir Gawain, on the other hand, had to convince King Arthur in order to fight the Green Knight. In convincing the king, he explained that no one would miss him and could die without hurting anyone. During the times of Anglo-Saxons, warriors believed in fate and Beowulf accepted his destiny with honor; this is different from Sir Gawain, as he was christian and did not believe death was his destiny if he died in battle.
Him who judges any and every man. When first being introduced the Green Knight challenged King Arthur “ … thou be as bold as all men tell, thou wilt grant me graciously the game that I ask.” (Green Knight p. 7) He wakes into his house with no fear and took on Sir Gawain, in place of King Arthur. Then, when Sir Gawain cut off the Green Knight head “ … he held the head straight up in his hand …” (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.
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. Gawain was betraying his word to the lord and also the code of his knighthood. Even though he betrayed the lord in an attempt to save himself, he still showed up to be beheaded, just as he had promised, and took the blow without a flinch.