The Epic Sir Gawain and the Green Knight He discovers even the greatest of knights must overcome enormous temptation and pressure to live up to the chivalric and Christian ideals of knighthood. We see his shame when he returns to Arthur 's court and confesses his faults, " 'See! My lord, ' said the knight, touching the girdle, �this is the blazon of this guilty scar I bear in my neck, this is the badge of injury and the harm which I have received because of the cowardice and covetousness to which I there fell prey" (Abrams 1979, 289). Sir Gawain does exhibit bravery and loyalty, two aspects of the chivalric code. He exhibits many others as well, but his weakness with respect to fear of the Green Knight and his affections for the lady of
Oedipus’ decision to be prideful, stubborn, and rash all contributes to his impending doom. In Thebes, the law of free will prevails over men. Although Oedipus has already fulfilled his destiny, his excessive pride pushes him to reveal the truth of the murder of King Laius. Had Oedipus not acted upon that pride, he would have never realized that he had achieved his dreadful prophecy. Oedipus ignores the dangerous warnings of his companions, and instead increases the urgency of the hunt for the murderer.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Sir Gawain Faces Temptation Sir Gawain was known as a noble and honest man who was willing to stare death in the face to protect King Arthur. However, the courtly Sir Gawain is submitted to the unexpected—not to the test he expects, but to one he does not expect (qtd. in Spearing). The underlying theme throughout the entire poem is temptation, which, is Sir Gawain’s greatest challenge because he is not aware of it. He faltered not nor feared But quickly went his way, His road was rough and weird, Or so the stories say.
Creon’s roles as King made him believe that he had every right to break the law of God and create his own for people without their consent. Creon caused corruption of Thebes by trying to measure his powers with the powers of the Gods and when Teiresias tried to tell him that it would not have a good ending, Creon failed to believe him. So, therefore learned his lesson as he was being carried in to the house as the choragos said “There is no happiness where there is no wisdom; No wisdom, but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, and proud men in old age learn to be wise” (1833).
His whole quest is all both a physical and emotional journey as he follows his code of chivalry while he searches for forgiveness for betraying King Arthur which he becomes a monk in the end. While a knight can sin and ignore the problem, only a true knight such as Sir Launcelot repents for the shameful mistake that affects not only himself individually, but his relationship with other knights and damsels.
When Gawain realizes he was the subject of a test, he sees Bertilak/Green Knight in a different light. The Green Knight now becomes Gawain’s confessor and in doing so assumes a fatherly role. We see that Bertilak perceives Gawain’s fault, his love of life, and irrespective of it, loves Gawain. Despite having sinned, Bertilak sees in Gawain a first-rate knight, far superior to his peers in Camelot, who, faced with the spectre of death, grew silent with cowardice, as the honor of the King lay unguarded.
This praise for saving the country only serves to inflate Oedipus's ego, which the author displays as he writes: That riddle was not for anyone w... ... middle of paper ... ...evenge his foul murder and most unnatural murder." The spirit goes on to reveal how Claudius murdered him and asks Hamlet to retaliate. This divine intervention forces Hamlet to do what his father bids. If it were not for this action made by the ghost of his father, his fortune would be different. In Oedipus the King and Hamlet, the protagonists are victims of unmanageable forces in their environments.
This is the natural world testing the civilization, making it a separation and conflict between the two. Once the Green Knight nicks Gawain’s neck with the axe, he says, “The person who repays / will live to feel no fear. / The third time, though, you strayed, / and felt my blade therefore,” (2354-2357). Because Gawain kept the green girdle that Bertilak’s wife gave him, Gawain broke his contract with Bertilak because he was afraid of dying. Gawain’s own fear of death made him turn to natural instincts; doing everything he could to possibly survive the beheading game.
The circumstances under which each choice has been made should be considered as well. From the start Gawain was facing not only the ruination of his pride, his good name, and his spirit, but also almost certain death. As a result, he learns an essential, inescapable fact about himself and human nature - there is no shame in being imperfect. The true test of Gawain's bravery was to bare his neck to the Green Knight and finish their trading of blows. Even with his 'magic' girdle, Gawain flinched the first time.
In contrast, King Oberon thinks so highly of himself that he sabotages his own relationship in order to get what he wants, the Indian child, but most importantly, the affection of his wife again. Oberon plans to obtain a flower that contains love potion and “ drop the liquor of it in her eyes.” (Shakespeare 22 line 178), in order to make her fall in love with a hideous creature. Then later Oberon would cure her with a different herb. Oberon does this in order for Titania to feel terrified and forget about their fight. However, what is more terrifying is the fact that Oberon was willing to and succeeds at putting his wife through a miserable experience in order to be loved by his wife again.