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    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

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    Sir Gawain was not afraid of a challenge. Although the narrator points out that no one steps up to the test at first, when King Arthur was tryed, the strong Gawain accepted the challenge by saying “I beseech, before all here, That this melee may be mine,” (David and Simpson 121). Gawain distinguished himself by displaying his brawn, therefore bringing honor to his status as a Knight. As blank and blank said in their essay “Name of Essay”, Insert an essay quote from Mrs. White here). Farther

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    The poet of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, handles the theme of the story “courtesy”; in a very open manner. Courtesy is the showing of politeness in one’s attitude and behavior towards others. Throughout the story, courtesy is displayed many time, at different levels, and in different forms. The main character Sir Gawain, is the best representation of courtesy. Sir Gawain is were polite and friendly towards the other characters that he interacts with in the story. He always greets people with

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    Proposed Additions to the Current Syllabus The story I chose was Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. I chose this story because it had a little bit of each of the stories that we have read in class already. I also liked the plot twists in the story especially at the end. I feel that it would fit perfectly with our current syllabus. During one Christmas, during a time when King Arthur ruled the Britons, there was an amazing feast and the most famous knights in the history of Christendom jousted and sparred

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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In the Pearl Poet’s Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, an epic story emerges to reveal a man’s journey of honor, honesty, valor, and loyalty. Throughout Gawain’s adventures in the poem, he discovers and demonstrates his own chivalric qualities. Although he makes a few mistakes along the way he strives to be an honorable man. In this time period a knight’s honor was everything, without it the noblemen would become a huge disgrace. Sir Gawain’s honor is immediately

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    Not all heroes are perfect, but some are nobler than others. In the story of Sir Gawain, we find out that even legends, such as Sir Gawain made mistakes. In today’s time, most heroes are thought of as militaristic accomplishments, such as badges, wars won, and saving lives. Sir Gawain was a hero, not because of great accomplishments but because he was driven by his bravery, nobility, and virtue. In the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, we begin in King Arthur’s court at a Christmas feast. A

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    Sir Gawain and The Green Knight The story “Sir Gawain and the Green knight” is about a mysterious figure that goes by the Green Knight who proposes a “game” to King Arthur and his court. This “game” that the Green Knight Proposes is that he will endure being beheaded with an axe by one knight’s hands. Only if that one knight will meet him in one year and one day to receive being beheaded himself. King Arthur and his court were extremely dumbfounded by his eerie proposal. The Green Knight

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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tell about a loyal servant (Sir Gawain) of King, Arthur who accepted a dangerous challenge from the Green Knight in place of the king. He felt that his life would be less missed if anyone were to lose their life. He was a man of great integrity for accepting and holding his end of the deal with the Green Knight. Sir Gawain had faced a few problems on his journey in this story which tested his morals and caused him to have an internal conflict. You will see the trials

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    In Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the protagonist are portrayed as heroes in their poem. In Beowulf, a man comes from a neighboring land to help a distressed kingdom. When he comes to the kingdom he defeats two monsters, Grendel and Grendel’s Mother. Later, he becomes king and then fights another monster. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a green knight challenges King Arthur or any other brave man to a game. Sir Gawain accepts the challenge in place of his king. The Green Knight

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    Comparing Beowulf and Gawain The world in Beowulf is dark and gloomy while that in sir Gawain is lighter and more positive. I agree with that statement given from the examples in Beowulf. Beowulf was constantly fighting, and dealing with death on a daily bases; whereas in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a more of a light flowy substance. Sir Gawain is Kings Arthur’s nephew where they are always happy and playful; they play games, exchange kisses, and gifts with one another. Gawain doesn’t have many

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    The lines 1550-1553 from the Pearl poets epic Sir Gawain and the Green Knight epitomizes two of the most important virtues of a noble knight, and Sir Gawain, the man the story follows, defines what is a true knight. He holds a place next to King Arthur and the queen as well as exemplifying two of a knights most important virtues. The first being chastity and the second being courteousness, both however, are very much entwined in this tale. Throughout this epic and many other Arthurian legends praised

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    Comparing Beowulf and Gawain The world in Beowulf is dark and gloomy while that in Sir Gawain is lighter and more positive. I agree with that statement given from the examples in Beowulf. Beowulf was constantly fighting, and dealing with death on a daily bases; whereas in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a more about a light flowy substance. Sir Gawain is Kings Arthur’s nephew where they are always happy and playful; they play games, exchange kisses, and gifts with one another. Gawain doesn’t have many

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    Chivalrous: a word to describe a knight of courtesy, generosity, dexterity in arms, and honor of God and their people. Despite the knightly chivalry of the three men, Sir Lancelot, King Arthur, and Sir Gawain showed aspects that were not considered chivalrous such as kissing the lord's wife, being disloyal to God and not keeping promises. These three men of medieval literature show complexity of chivalry and honor along with instances of betrayal and mistakes. These men exemplify qualities of chivalry

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    The story “From Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is a cruel story. The story starts off at a castle by King Arthur. It is around Christmas and New Years time and this man visits the castle unexpectedly. This man is covered green and he is known as a Green Knight in the story. He comes to the castle and ask the people to play a game. No one really wants to play but a person bravely volunteers to play. He accepted the challenge and the game begun. The story is shocking and full of back biting; although

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    In the story, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the main character, Sir Gawain, According to the Gawain-poet, King Solomon originally designed the five-pointed star. A symbol of truth, the star has five points that link and lock with each other, forming what is called the endless knot. The pentangle symbolizes the virtues to which Gawain aspires: to be faultless in his five senses; never to fail in his five fingers; to be faithful to the five wounds that Christ received on the cross; to be strengthened

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    King Arthur and his Round Table. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an example of a story that deals with King Arthur, his court, and Sir Gawain. As the title manifests, this story focuses on Sir Gawain and his conflict with the mysterious Green Knight. In place of King Arthur, Sir Gawain accepts the Knight’s proposition: Gawain shall strike a blow to the Green Knight’s neck and after a year and one day, the Knight shall do the same to Sir Gawain. Sir Gawain manages to sever the Knight’s head, yet

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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, by Tolkien, is a tale which takes place during the medieval period when King Arthur’s kingdom is celebrating a Christmas feast. Present at this celebration are the knights of the round table, whom all uphold a code of chivalry, and within this group is Sir Gawain. Tolkien’s introduction of King Arthur’s court represents justice and order, and this especially applies to Gawain. After establishing this virtuous side, Tolkien introduces the Green knight who symbolizes

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    There are many archetypes in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight that help Gawain on his hero's journey. While on his journey, Gawain has learns many different lessons while dealing with these characters. As he travels deeper into the “Zone of Magnified Power” (Campbell 71), he develops as an archetypal hero and recognizes the conflict on his community. A number of characters in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight play key archetypal roles in the perfecting of the hero’s moral development. Arthur, the king

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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a tale about the imperfections of men. In this case, these imperfections are that men try to prove that they have certain desirable qualities and they try to ensure that they get what they wish for. Presenting a challenge, a Green Knight enters King Arthur’s hall on Christmas. If any knight is brave enough to cut off the Green Knight’s head, he can keep the Green Knight’s ax. Furthermore, the Green Knight will then return a strike

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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was rich in symbolism. Interpreting symbolism in the poem is difficult since contemporary readers are unfamiliar with medieval literature and its intellectual background. Nevertheless, the symbolism in the poem enhanced the understanding of the reader regarding the medieval period and its customs. Two symbols that were essential to the creation of the poem were the pentangle and the green girdle. Moreover, the pentangle represents King Solomon and a five-pointed star

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