Essay on Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

908 Words Oct 21st, 2015 4 Pages
"Often, for undaunted courage, fate spares the man it has not already marked" (Beowulf lines 572-573). Courage, bravery and honesty are all attributes that make a good hero; the definition of hero may have minutely changed over time but the overall idea will alway be the same. In Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the hero has all of these qualities. They are not only kind and loyal to their people and others, but they also show dominance and prove they are worthy of the title “hero.” Beowulf and Sir Gawain have all the characteristics of a good hero as well as the flaws that accompany most heroes. When the poem began, Sir Gawain was willing to die for his honor and bravery, and he knew what his fate would be as a knight. He thought that he was perfect. “Religiously, the pentangle’s five points have been known to represent the five points of Christ, symbolize the star of Bethlehem, the five virtues of knighthood: ‘Generosity, courtesy, chastity, chivalry and piety’” (http://sitemaker.umich.edu/religiousobjects/pentangle). Gawain embarks on his journey with a shield bearing the pentangle. Rather than carry this shield with humility, Gawain begins his journey with the idea of perfection. When Gawain arrives at the white castle in the meadow and meets the wife, she tempts him and he denies her. However, before he leaves the castle, he has kissed the queen four times and accepts a belt from the queen. Because of this, the Green Knight points out Gawain’s sin, and his…

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