Courage By Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Essay

718 Words Mar 17th, 2016 3 Pages
Courage

Courage is just one of many themes that are shown throughout Literature in the Middle Ages. Courage is referred to as bravery, and one who faces extreme difficulties and dangers with no hesitation or fear. Individuals with a strong mindset are able to face painful, dangerous or difficult situations without fear and share a strong sense of character as well as courage. People are put into everyday situations that require many different levels of courage. Although examples of courage from the Middle Ages differ in many ways to the type of courage we witness today, they all require a strong individual to overcome fear in a variety of situations.

For instance, after several readings about the Middle Ages I choose Sir Gawain from the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as well as the ugly old lady from The Wife of Bath 's Tale as characters that I felt represented the theme of courage. As a result of Sir Gawain stepping up to take the King 's place when the Green Knight challenged him showed a great deal of courage. As King Arthur is about to attack, Sir Gawain now to his king inclines and says, "I take my claim. May this melee be mine." Should you call me, courteous lord. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Lines 340-343. Out of all the knights who stood by he was the only one who showed his bravery and loyalty to his king. He shows his courage again when the knight who has led him to the green chapel offers him to keep his secret if Sir Gawain chose to flee in fear…

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