Sir Gawain Moral courage is when a character in a story does what is right even, though she or he may be hurt or punished. Sir Gawain a knight in the story “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” by shows moral courage. He does so through the literary element of character he is brave, shows courage and keeps his word. He again shows moral courage through the literary element irony he takes Arthur’s place and challenges the green knight. The Green knight’s challenge was to exchange blows with the Green knight.
Beowulf fulfills all the requirements of an epic hero. First, he is the Prince of the Geats and the nephew of his king. This satisfies the need for a noble person. Second, Beowulf is of historical importance as he is the focus of the epic poem Beowulf. The focus on him and belief that he was real makes him legendary and important to come cultures.
“King Arthur nobility and selfless bravery made him king” (arthurian-legend.com). Sir Thomas Malory was influenced by the knights in his time to write Morte d’ Arthur and to show what the real noblemen were like. It’s safe to say that how things were in this story and how they were during the real time are quite different. The story is more myth. Malory’s own experience ended with some shame and imprisonment while his character Arthur is portrayed as only good.
Beowulf Beowulf is a story of a hero who seems to defy false hope. A hero is a person of distinguished courage who has admirable qualities/abilities, which are exemplified through their acts. Beowulf illustrates the idea that humans can exceed the norm and combat with human evil and fears. There are three virtues that Beowulf personified: loyalty, courage and faith. Loyalty was one of the most important qualities a man could have in Beowulf's time period.
What defines a true ultimate hero? Beowulf, who was an epic hero was King Hrothgar’s “saving grace” when the Danes needed it the most, or Sir Gawain, who was remarkably loyal to his king as he stepped in to defend King Arthur and his fellow knights from being ridiculed from the Green Knight and was brave enough to accept the Green Knight’s “blow for a blow in one year's time” agreement? Both of these men were the most honorable heroes of their time but are very different types of heroes. One was a man who exemplified all values of an epic hero and the other was a noble knight who values the idea of chivalry and courtesy, above all else. The epic poem of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight is remembered by audiences around the world for the way Sir Gawain carried himself with exceptional courage and how courteous of an individual he was.
These rules went hand-in-hand with the rules of Chivalry that a knight was also required to follow, and both sets of rules had a similar basic premise: be a kind and loving person, do
In conclusion Odysseus is a hero because he is intelligent, resilient, and humble. He uses his wit and intelligence to save his men in more way than one. His resilient attitude has helped him overcome the direst circumstances. His humility and how he attained it show just how much change and good he can do.
A paradox is a statement or proposition that is contradictory and seems illogical, but when explained is true. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is filled with rich paradox’s which seem irrational to a first time reader, however when given a closer look into the meaning of text, they realize the symbolism in which this poem possesses. The whole poem is a contradiction within itself, but in order to see it in such a way the reader must first analyze the smaller pieces of contradictions throughout the text. Thus, the poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight teaches a life lesson through paradoxical rhetoric.
In the poem of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” written by the Pearl Poet, there are very prevalent amounts of symbolism. Some of the symbols within the poem are easy to see while other symbols are not so easily found or even understood by the reader. The easy symbols the reader can clearly see in the poem would be the Pentangle, the Girdle, and the color green. The symbols that are harder to see in the poem, is the number three, and certain objects such as the axe and the rose. The symbolism used by the author gives the poem a deeper plot and a more important meaning.