From childhood, we learn about gallant knights in shining armour who heroically save the damsel in distress on their brilliantly white horse. We believe these men to be good-hearted, moral, and emotionally sound. It is nearly sacrilegious to merely conceptualize a knight who is corrupt or evil in any way. Many of these ideals stem from the Knights of the Round Table, who withheld many of these beliefs and embodied all of these characteristics. Perhaps the sole creator of this "ideal" knight is King Arthur, for it is he who first laid down a set of marked commandments that he expected his knights to embody.
Both these episodes show Gawain's true devotion to his Lord and code of knighthood. In the early stories, Sir Gawain is often considered to be the noblest knight of all. In later stories, like Morte D'Arthur by Sir Mallory for instance, he often loses the first place of Sir Lancelot. However, Sir Gawain can still be considered the noblest knight since Sir Lancelot after all does have an affair with Arthur's wife, and even though chivalrous code does not tie love and marriage together, it still does not look good on his resume. Sir Gawain, on the other hand, is always follows the code, and tries hard to serve his lord to the best of his abilities.
A knight’s career is chosen for him, his wife is chosen for him and the land that his family lives on could be taken from him without a moment’s notice. Each of the knight's actions was for the glory and honor of the lord (not lord meaning God but lord meaning the lord of the land). Even though knights were essentially servants, they put forth great effort in their servitude through battle, guarding castles, entering tournaments, and upholding the ideals of his lord through brute force on anyone that dared oppose his master. In order to be a knight, he needed to have strength, good morals, skills and also: The ability to wield a sword or lance from horseback was a special skill that took practice and wherewithal, and it also took practice with comrades to learn to work together as a team. A lord would employ knights and give them the time and equipment they needed to practice; in return, they served their lo... ... middle of paper ... ...til one sight of a girl separates them completely and leads to one of the brother’s death.
Sir Gawain embodies these ideals in many ways, from his brave and dedicated pursuit of the good to his courage and sacrifice for his king. However, we also see that in his actions as a man and not a knight, Sir Gawain is suscepti The Knight’s journey provides the test of his virtue and the coquette is the temptation of courtly love that is laid before him. The coquette is an obvious example of this paradox while other sections of Sir Gawain are much more symbolic. While at Bercilak 's castle, the coquette enters Gawain 's room and begins seducing him or rather, to "teach by some tokens the true craft of love." Gawain refuses her temptations twice and then finally accepts the finally accepts the green sash under the guise that it will protect him from death.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Illusion versus Reality The middle ages were a time period consisting of a prominent code known as chivalry consisting of honor, nobility and demeanor. The most honorable of all were perceived to be the holy knights of the roundtable whose virtue was believed to surmount that of any other peasant. Knights were romanticized figures incapable of doing wrong. However the satire, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight completely shatters that preconceived notion. This story implements elements of fantasy and romance in order to deride the popular ideal of chivalry.
The Green Knight then reveals to him how it was all a test and tell Sir Gawain that he truly if a very good knight. The Pearl Poet displays the societal values of bravery and honor through this plot. After King Arthur accepts the Green Knight’s challenge, Sir Gawain speaks up saying, “I beseech you, Sire, let this game be mine” (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 123-124). Sir Gawain displays bravery by accepting what is viewed by the knights as certain death. The game the Green Knight wishes to play would bring any player to their deaths.
They possessed similar qualities to their epic hero counterparts – valor, loyalty, honor, and skill in battle – but differed in knowing temperance, courtesy towards women, and courtly skills. The hero is no longer fighting for his people but for his ideals. By the 14th century, The Tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Canterbury Tales have began to criticize the notion of chivalry which had become old and obsolete in their society; the idealization of chivalry practiced by knights could longer withstand the complexities and indeterminateness of situa... ... middle of paper ... ...ghthood within their story. Both poets remind the readers of the disparity between the ideals of chivalries presented in romances, and the reality of lived knighthood, highlighting how problematic the understanding of chivalry and Christianity (knighthood) could be for medieval audiences. Though chivalry shines as a brilliant light of the high civilization in the fourteenth century, both tales suggests that chivalry is at best a limited system, which achieves its brilliant at the cost of a distortion of natural life.
The test of his loyalty to King Arthur comes into play when King Arthur asks Gawain to marry the ugly woman named Dame Ragnell. The author descr... ... middle of paper ... ...he challenge of the Green Knight. During his in the Hautdesert castle, the Character of Sir Gawain his tested by the Green Knight. He fails his last test, and is no more perfect he is still a courageous, loyal knight, that kept his promise to King Arthur. Works Cited Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
By just accepting the quest that other knight reluctant to have, Gawaine is an honorable knight with virtues of courage and braveness. Also he shows his virtues of patience, humility, and the nature of chivalry. Sir Gawaine seems too perfect but he shows some flaws in personality of cool headedness and rudeness to ladies through his adventure. First, Gawaine shows his virtues of courage, the nature of chivalry, and chastity through undertaking his quests. At the Christmas time King Arthur gives a challenge to the knights to cut off the Green Knight’s head.
He stops viewing himself as a great chivalric knight. All of the expectations and standards everyone expected to be exemplified in an ideal knight. This failure does not include the agreements and expectations of The King and Lord. I believe that he does live up to the code of chivalry in some aspects. Sir Gawain possesses self-discipline when he was being tempted with desire and pleasure by Bertilak's spouse.