In, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Green Knight challenges King Arthur’s court to the beheading game, and no one accepts the game. As a reaction King Arthur accepts the challenge. Sir Gawain then asks the king if he can take the challenge because he is expendable and if he dies, the kingdom will still have their king. He takes his swing, cutting off the Green Knight’s head. To much surprise, the Green Knight picks up his head, tells Sir Gawain where to find him, and rides off.
Another such example is shown at the start of the main conflict, when the Green Knight comes riding into the court, asking if anyone is brave enough to accept a decapit... ... middle of paper ... ...ilure of the entire court. Throughout the poem, the author portrays Sir Gawain to be the truest and the best of the Arthurian knights. Yet on pg. 60, he deceives Bertilak, not holding up his end of their bargain, and on pg. 71 he failed in bravery, flinching beneath the axe of the green knight.
Gawain knows that he is not the strongest, smartest knight but the loss of his life would not be as bad as if King Arthur loses his life. King Arthur agrees to let him enter this game and gives him a weapon to use against this Green Knight. King Arthur says to Sir Gawain, "Keep, cousin what you cut with this day, and if you rule it aright, then readily, I know you shall stand the stroke it will strike after." (372-374) Gawain, with his weapon in his hand, is now ready to take part in the game. Before the contest starts, the Green Knight goes over the rules of the game again.
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the writer uses the green knight’s challenge, the green knight’s first attempt to ax Sir Gawain, and the green girdle to demonstrate that when times are tough, even the best people fail to do the right thing, but admitting these mistakes gives one integrity. When the green knight challenges King Arthur’s court, none of the knights accept, and only after King Arthur risks
In "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", and "Le Morte d'Arthur," Sir Gawain's image varied drastically. In the following paragraphs, I will analyze Gawain's two images further and prove that although Sir Gawain is a high-born knight, he is still human. In "Le Morte d'Arthur", Sir Gawain was very revengeful. He wanted to kill Lancelot for slaying his two brothers. His heart was filled with anger and he was deluded by his emotions.
Even after escaping, and nearing death he chose to boast to the giant causing his squad to bitterly curse him, ‘“God sake, Captain! Why bait the beast again? Let him alone!’”… Odysseus continuing ignoring his men, “…if mortal man ever inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities took your eye,”’ (ix. 416-419; 408-409). Without shame Odysseus... ... middle of paper ... ...or that awaited them, Odysseus decided not to inform his crew saving them from panic.
Feeling as if the honor of Camelot is being threatened, King Arthur accepts the challenge. However, Sir Gawain intercepts the challenge before Arthur can formally accept. Gawain welcomes the contest and chops off the head of the Green Knight who dryly smirks and picks up the severed body part. He then reminds Gawain of his promise: to accept a return blow a year and day from the first. The Green Knight rides off with his severed head in his hand, and the hall rejoices from the display of Gawain's bravery.
Perhaps the most relevant point to make is Morgan’s hand in the plot. At the end of the poem the readers learn from the Green Knight that the entire situation is set up by Morgan. Essentially, the entire story rides on the fact that Morgan dislikes Guinevere and wishes to both scare her (Possibly to death) and humiliate Arthur and his knights. Without this malice towards Guinevere, there would be no poem to begin with. Morgan sets up the conflict by enchanting Lord Bertilak and ordering him to do as she bids, going to Arthur and his knights and posing the challenge to them.
Oedipus has multiple chances to turn away from his fate, but his excessive pride only leads him closer to it. Oedipus’ stubborn choice to pursue the mystery of King Laius’ death despite the ... ... middle of paper ... ...elf, I gave the command myself” (1512). Oedipus gives the command for the murderer of King Laius to be banned, thereby ensuring that the guilty party will be convicted and have no way out of the punishment. Oedipus’ free will causes him to make reckless decisions that increase the severity of his doom. The question of free will is explored in Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus The King.
As the play opens we see that Iago is already feeling jealous as he says "That never set a squadron in the field, nor the division of a battle knows" this portrays Iago's bitterness and towards Cassio. The reason for this is, Cassio has just been promoted to lieutenant and Iago thinks that he is the wrong man for the job. Iago thinks that he deserved it more than Cassio. This quotation states that Cassio is not an experienced or practical soldier and should not have the job. However the main character that is affected by the venom of the "green - eyed monster" is the main character in the play, Othello.