Gawain Has Enough

Gawain Has Enough

Length: 799 words (2.3 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓
Gawain Has Enough

It was a bright and beautiful morn, the perfect weather for embarking on a hunting trip. The majestic King Arthur, illustrious leader of the Knights of the Round Table, could not believe his luck. As he was carried across a grassy knoll (by some beggars he’d chanced to acquire along the way) he contemplated the unbridled feelings of joy brought to him by his loyal knights. When Arthur happened to spot a pot-bellied pig out of the corner of his kingly eye, he quickly reined in the beggars and gracefully dismounted. Following a brief target practice involving the taller beggar and an overripe peach, the king successfully smote the baby boar.

“Aha, I do believe I’ve smote the beast,” the king announced with pride. “Do thou not agree my fine beggars?”

“We think thou hast it right, sire; t’was most brave and royal of you,” the beggars replied in unison (as they were beggars of the Siamese kind).

Most suddenly, the kindly conversation between the king and his beggars was rudely interrupted by a piercing scream. A small green man, wearing a tall hat and carrying a large sum of gold in a black fire-pot began to kick Arthur in the shins. Seeing a fine opportunity for a quick escape from the King, the beggars fled in laughter.

“What have I done to deserve such fierce and foulle behavior?” the king asked.

“You’ve smote mine pot-bellied pig,” the little green man replied. “ T’is a lucky pig that can n’er be replaced.”

“Know you not that I am the most illustrious and royal King Arthur?”

The angry little green man introduced himself as Todd and told the king that he did not care how illustrious or royal he was. Todd was most determined to have vengeance for the slaying of his lucky pig. After much lengthy discussion, and Todd’s refusal to accept the beggars (now long gone) as consolation for the slain little beast, King Arthur was in a most precarious position. Todd was getting ready to unleash a second ghastly kick to Arthur’s shins when he came upon an idea.

“Know thee not a Sir Gawain?” Todd asked.

“Yes,” said the king, “he is one of my most loyal knights.”

“To preserve thine kingly life, I order thee to bring me Sir Gawain.”

“But why?” asked the king.

“Gawain must replace mine lucky pig,” Todd replied. “Bring him at once with a snout on his face and a most curly tail on his brave behind.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Gawain Has Enough." 16 Oct 2019

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Essays

- An Unchivalrous Knight: Sir Gawain Exposed In the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Poet Pearl, Sir Gawain, knight of the Round Table, acts chivalrously, yet his intents are insincere and selfish. It is the advent season in Middle Age Camelot, ruled by King Arthur when Poet Pearl begins the story. In this era citizens valued morals and expected them to be demonstrated, especially by the highly respected Knights of the Round Table. As one of Arthur’s knights, Sir Gawain commits to behaving perfectly chivalrous; however, Gawain falls short of this promise....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

Research Papers
949 words (2.7 pages)

Essay on The Ethics Of Sir Gawain

- The character, Sir Gawain is an interesting character. He has many different qualities both good and bad. Though he has bad qualities, his intentions behind them are completely innocent. His good qualities far outweigh his bad ones. He makes many decisions though not always the best ones. These decisions have lasting effects on other characters from the story. The ethics of sir Gawain are a main theme throughout the story. Sir Gawain has some interesting motives to his actions that are a focus in the beginning of the story....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

Research Papers
1423 words (4.1 pages)

Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Essay

- A hero is a character, who is endowed with great courage and strength. A hero’s character is portrayed as a noble, gallant, and even infallible human being, who is close to perfection but for a fatal flaw. In medieval Europe, chivalry, loyalty, faith, and honor were very important characteristics traits thus a medieval hero usually adheres to a strict code of knightly conduct, which requires his absolute loyalty to his king, refusal to break his oaths, and the defense of the helpless. The hero is on a journey of self-discovery and while on this journey he faces many challenges that he must endure in order to prevail....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

Research Papers
1009 words (2.9 pages)

Essay on Beowulf And Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

- “I need a hero…and he’s gotta be larger than life” "Often, for undaunted courage, fate spares the man it has not already marked" (Beowulf, 572-573). Courage, bravery and honesty are all attributes that make a good hero; the definition of a hero may have minutely changed over time, but the overall idea will always be the same. Today’s standards and musical lyrics indicate that people still want to have traditional heroes. “Where have all the good men gone and where are all of the gods…Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

Research Papers
1295 words (3.7 pages)

Female Characters Portrayed By Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Essay

- It is no secret that female characters are not portrayed as being heroic in medieval literature. In Arthurian tales, it is the men who are usually depicted in the heroic role. The male characters go on their journeys and fight the enemies, while the women are less physically active. But in some stories, it is the female roles that are essential to the plot. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is about the honorable knight Gawain who accepts a challenge from a green knight and goes on a journey to complete it....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

Research Papers
730 words (2.1 pages)

Essay about The Morality Test Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

- The Morality Test No matter where we go in the world, we will always be surrounded and tempted by sin. These temptations test our character and morality, and they prove that our human nature inherently causes us to fall to the sins that encompass us. Even though the world is a dark and immoral place to live, we all value our lives and are prepared to do almost anything to protect ourselves from harm’s way. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the green girdle serves as symbol that highlights Gawain’s incessant love for life that tempts him to stray from his knightly code of chivalry....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

Research Papers
1335 words (3.8 pages)

Essay on Analysis Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

- “Culture does not make people. People make culture” said Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian writer and educator, in a presentation on feminism in a TedTalk. The culture in which Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written was misogynistic and it shows in the writing of the poem. Medieval cultural misogyny manifests itself in multiple ways in SGGK. This paper will examine the negative relationships between Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and gender by discussing: the representation of female characters, gendered violence, and Christianity in the Middle Ages....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, King Arthur]

Research Papers
2165 words (6.2 pages)

Essay Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- Passage Analysis of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In this passage, we find ourselves in King Arthur's court during a Christmas feast. A Green Knight has just proposed a challenge before the court, a game in which a blow for a blow shall be given. Seeing that no one is willing to accept this challenge, King Arthur himself steps up to the Green Knight, ready to defend his honor. Sir Gawain, being a noble knight, asks the court if he can replace King Arthur in the game. His wish is granted. The passage begins as King Arthur calls Sir Gawain to his side to give him his weapon and blessing....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

Free Essays
925 words (2.6 pages)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – A Test of Chivalry Essay

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – A Test of Chivalry Essay with Outline  Loyalty, courage, honor, purity, and courtesy are all attributes of a knight that displays chivalry. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is truly a story of the test of these attributes. In order to have a true test of these attributes, there must first be a knight worthy of being tested, meaning that the knight must possess chivalric attributes to begin with. Sir Gawain is self admittedly not the best knight around. He says "I am the weakest, well I know, and of wit feeblest; / and the loss of my life [will] be least of any" (Sir Gawain, l....   [tags: Sir Gawain Green Knight Essays]

Research Papers
2442 words (7 pages)

The Unnamed Wife in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Essay

- The Unnamed Wife in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the green knight’s wife plays a pivotal role in the story. Yet, she is never given a name and it is unclear what motivates her actions. She could simply be following her husband’s orders to seduce this visiting knight. She could be under the tutelage of Morgan le Fay. Or she may be acting under her own guidance and using her sexuality to carry out her own desires or gain power. In light of this uncertainty, the unnamed wife’s role in the bedroom scene is also hard to decipher....   [tags: Sir Gawain Green Knight Essays]

Research Papers
1567 words (4.5 pages)

Related Searches

Frightened for his life, the king hastily agreed to return to Todd with Gawain in one week and a day. When he returned to his castle, he nervously summoned Gawain to the Round Table. Having been involved in an intense and fruitful game of witch-hunting, Gawain was somewhat irritated at being summoned by the king. But because he was known as a fine and most loyal knight, he abided by the king’s request to see him. Things took a turn for the worse when the king informed Gawain that he had been promised to Todd as a replacement for the lucky pig.

“Have I not previously wed a hag so foulle as a n’er a man saw, for thee?” the furious Gawain asked.

“Yes my loyal knight, and it was most appreciated,” the king replied.

“Nay, Sir King, did I not tell thee n’er to hunt unaccompanied again?”

“But I was most accompanied by mine new Siamese beggars,” the king said to Gawain.

“That’s it,” Gawain cried, “I’ve no choice but to abandon the comitatus.”

“But how could a knight so loyal do such a thing?”

“I’ve been thinking about it, “ Gawain replied, “and when your royal highness frequently gets into dire trouble having done the most stupid deeds, it is loyal Sir Gawain who pays the price.”

“Do I not provide thee with thanks and treasures for thy knightly loyalty?”

“It’s not worth it.”

And with that, Sir Gawain swiftly abandoned his position as a loyal knight at King Arthur’s Round Table. Once word of Gawain’s leave-taking spread to the rest of the knights, many, including Lancelot, followed suit. Poor King Arthur could not understand why his valued knights were turning against him. He wandered the castle in tears (often accompanied by the Siamese beggars who returned after the plague eliminated the kind strangers who had previously provided them with their meager source of income). As he cried, the once magnificent and illustrious King Arthur cursed the day that he allowed a lucky pot-bellied pig and a green man named Todd to cause the ultimate destruction of his beloved Round Table.

Works Cited

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The Norton Anthology of English Literature.
Seventh Edition. Volume 1. Ed. M.H. Abrams. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2000. 114-209.
Return to