Beowulf also goes and defeats Grendel’s mother when she awakens from her den and tries to avenge her son. Then after fifty years of ruling a country, Beowulf goes and fights a dragon who wreaked havoc on Beowulf’s homeland. The hero in a hero quest is the character which is larger than life
Sir Gawain conveys chivalry by his brave actions in order to reflect culture in the Middle Ages. Every knight in this time had to follow a code of chivalry. Chivalry is an outline of how a knight should behave. In the excerpt of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain accepts a risky challenge of attempting to cut off the Green Knight 's head. Sir Gawain does indeed cut his head off, but the Green Knight simply puts his head back on.
Strength and Fight Courage (Chivalry in Excalibur) “A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do, but what he should do”(Murakami). “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a story that is based on the life of Celtic warriors who fought in the Anglo- Saxon invaders of England in the fifth and sixth centuries”(pg.171). This story presents many acts of chivalry, chivalry is the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, courage, honor, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak. These acts of chivalry are shown from the knights in the story. The knight Arthur shows acts of chivalry in the story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by having the strength to fight, respect, and being honorable.
The green knights adheres to the code of chivalrous conduct.The Green Knight is a mysterious, supernatural creature. He rides into Arthur’s court on New Year’s Eve almost as if summoned by the king’s request to hear a marvelous story. His supernatural characteristics, such as his ability to survive decapitation and his green complexion, immediately mark him as a foreboding figure. The Green Knight contrasts with Arthur’s court in many ways. The knight symbolizes the wildness, fertility, and death that characterize a primeval world, whereas the court symbolizes an enclave of civilization within the wilderness.
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.
At the end of the poem we see distinctive opinions to Gawain’s sin, what were they? What is your opinion about his sin? For starters, we see this man, Gawain, take a challenge made by the Green Knight. The challenge asked if anyone would play a beheading game with him with his own axe. The rule of the game asked for the challenger to meet with the Green Knight a year later, so he could strike back.
Beowulf slayed them because he believed it was his duty. No one could defeat these monsters like he could.There had to be a reason Beowulf fought these monsters because he never did it for himself. He put others ahead of himself because he believed it was his moral obligation to. When he fought Grendel he had to defeat him to balance good and evil. With the battle to protect the city against the dragon, even though Beowulf was king he fought the dragon.
He believed that he was replaceable which was not the case at all. He was one of the best knights that King Arthur had in his arsenal. A man came into the hall and was covered head to toe in green, and wielding a large axe by anyone 's standards. I have never seen such a thing in my life. He began with greetings and said that he was not there to fight just that he wanted to propose a game.
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). Many other knights would run but Gawain understands that he has to have courage and must be honest about going to meet the green knight and fulfill his deal.
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.