By proving that he is able to keep his sexual desires in check, Sir Gawain proves he is a man and a warrior – fulfilling the chivalrous code. It is important to remember that this test of chivalry is a hero 's task and is spiritual rather than physical. This concept of heroism is voiced by Bertilak by stating Sir Gawain is "the most perfect Paladin on Earth". Jill Mann agrees and claims, "in referring both to his own challenge to Arthur 's court and to his wife 's temptation of Gawain: The trial both tests and enhances value". In truth, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight also warns of the dangers of chivalrous love.
The Anglo-Saxons were highly fatalistic, feeling that Wyrd, or fate, inescapably guided their lives. To try to skirt fate as Beowulf’s thanes did by fleeing the dragon was considered the ultimate form of cowardice and led to a lifetime of shame. Beowulf shows on multiple occasions that fully surrenders to fate, even if it will lead to his death. In his first boast before fighting Grendel, he insists that he not be mourned if he fails, saying that “Fate goes ever as fate must” (455). Although he is confident that he will win the battle, he understands that it is ultimately out of his control, and that does not scare him.
This scar is a visible reminder to Sir Gawain that honor and prestige cannot always protect against the desires of the flesh. Gawain pays for his sins at the Green Knights axe (Stone 136). This sin tarnishes his honor and causes Gawain to face the rest of his life as a witness to human frailty. To begin with, Sir Gawain enters the castle seeking refuge. There he makes the deal with the King which invokes his knightly honor, obligating him to fulfill the pact.
He cared for the people even until his death, and fought the enemies so that his kingdom would be safe. His tough skin allowed him to back down from nothing, he was a good king. Because of his bravery, his leadership, and his commitment this allowed the movement from hero to king.
Heathcliff is convinced that Hindley and Catherine are the reason for his loneliness and how he... ... middle of paper ... ...his is impossible to prevent. This leads to Mr. Heathcliff self destruction, because all of his life he has been looking for strategies to get revenge on those he hates. He does not want Wuthering Heights to be a haven, rather a purgatory. To his dismay he realizes his years of revenge, will not last all generations. Seeing how both families, the Linton and the Earnshaw's stand up for one another, Heathcliff understands that the one thing that kept him alive has now been defeated.
Coupled with the fact that his dearest friend and confidant, Tristan, is embroiled in this nightmare; Mark is to be pitied greatly. Gottfried has Mark suffer the three greatest betrayals a person can encounter: his own, that of his lover’s and that of his friend’s. The love Mark has for both Isolde and Tristan only work against him; for had he been free of love’s grip, he would have trusted his senses and his intuitions. Although void of all supernatural occurrences, ... ... middle of paper ... ...tan is not immune to such a change either. Interestingly, the only time he really is able to overcome love’s enslaving bonds is during the return trip to Tintagel.
Without his history of glorious deeds, he would see himself bereft of the very power which qualifies him to be a good King. Beowulf’s bravery never comes in to question, he does meet every challenge head-on, with deadly attention. The society which labels Beowulf as a legendary hero, recognizes his actions and his bravery as a integral part of his definition as a hero. Without the society to support th... ... middle of paper ... ...or a chivalric Knight embodies the battle of the righteous self against corruption. Gawain’s strength comes from his discovery of his own flaws.
In the collection of stories known as Le Morte Darthur, only one stands alone as a true testament to the morals of the knights of the Round Table: the tale of Sir Pelleas and Lady Ettard. Throughout this story, it becomes evident that Pelleas does successfully embody all characteristics of a knight as prescribed by King Arthur. It is also apparent that morality and truth will always triumph over lies and treason. Through the pain of love, and corruption of betrayal, justice will be had.
They willingly sacrifice as much as their lives in order to achieve victory. In the epic poem Beowulf, acts of dedication, heroism and bravery are exemplified through the characters of Hrothgar, Beowulf and Wiglaf. Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, undoubtedly yearns for what is best for his people. Having much experience with poor fortune and atrocity, Hrothgar is most necessary for assisting Beowulf in his development as a hero. His old age and familiarity with the pros and cons of leadership and power give him much wisdom, which he then passes on to Beowulf.
However, because he does not realize that he is being tested, Sir Gawain fails the test. By the time he returns to King Arthur's court, Sir Gawain has experienced the weakness of human ideals in the face of nature through deceit and trickery. However, despite the weakness of these ideals, the poem does not appear to suggest that the code be rejected. Rather, the chivalric code is presented as a valuable set of ideals that mankind should strive to uphold. In the process, however, man must remain aware of his mortality and human weakness.