Importance Of Loyality In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, loyalty is defined as being faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Gawain shows tremendous loyalty during his travels. Similarly, Heloise shows loyalty towards her “husband” while they are separated into different religious monasteries through several letters that they exchange. A friar is defined as one who lives in a priory and serves God on earth. In the Canterbury Tales, the friar does this, but also he takes advantage of his position by taking bribes and being unfair. There are situations when Sir Gawain is disloyal to those he encounters. At times Heloise’s father is disloyal to her and hurts her as a result. The friar is partly…show more content…
The Green Knight proposes a deal that anyone can take one swing with an axe at his head, but he gets to return the favor one year and a day later. Sir Gawain courageously accepts the bet and cuts the Green Knight’s head off, at which point the Green Knight rides away. With no immediate knowledge of where the Green Knight went, Sir Gawain says, A certain day was set by assent go us both/To meet at that landmark, if I might last,/And from now to the New Year is nothing too long,/And I would greet the Green Knight there, would God but allow,/More gladly, by God’s Son, than gain the world’s…show more content…
Abelard risks his place in society as a well respected teacher and Heloise risks her image as a woman. When Heloise becomes pregnant, they decide to have a secret marriage arranged by Heloise’s Uncle Fulbert. However, Fulbert plots against them to expose their affair and ruin Abelard’s life. “But Fulbert and his household, seeking satisfaction for the dishonor done to him, began to spread the news of the and break the promise of secrecy they had given me.” This act of disloyalty ruins both Heloise and Abelard’s lives and forces them to join separate monasteries. Heloise becomes a nun and Abelard becomes a monk. Fulbert’s disloyalty even forces them to give up their child. However, even though they were separated, Heloise and Abelard remained loyal and faithful to each other by writing letters. They knew they could never see each other again, but they still loved each other. “No one, I think, could read or hear it dry-eyed; my own sorrows are renewed by the detail in which you have told it, and redoubled because you say your perils are still increasing.” While they did not believe that they would ever see each other again, Abelard and Heloise still expressed their love to one another. Their ability to remain loyal to allowed them to overcome all of the obstacles they face in their
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