Argumentative Essay: Forgiveness In Australia

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In a 2006 study about group forgiveness, researchers Catherine Philpot and Matthew Hornsey, found that Australians did not yet forgive the Japanese and other groups of perpetrators, for killing or harming other Australians. Although they were reluctant to forgive, many Australians were more willing to concede when individuals apologized on behalf of themselves, or of the group they represented. They concluded that forgiveness is not granted unless there is motivation promoting condonation. To quote, “while official group apologies increase satisfaction with offending groups, forgiveness may not be aroused unless motivation exists for it to do so” (Philpot and Hornsey). One way to determine whether or not forgiveness is granted, is to determine if the criminals were welcomed …show more content…
At this castle, he is treated like royalty. Gawain plays a game with the knight who owns the castle. The game they play involves giving the other knight the objects one acquires each day. On the last day of the game, Gawain acquires a green belt from the lord’s wife, which protects its wearer from death. Gawain hides it from the knight, and violates the code of chivalry by not giving it to the lord. When Gawain goes the next day to the Green Knight, the Green Knight feints swinging his axe twice at Gawain. The third time the Green Knight swings his axe at Gawain, he nicks him. After revealing himself as the master of the castle where Gawain had stayed at prior to the fight, the Green Knight declares Gawain honest to his word, although he also proclaims Sir Gawain a coward for accepting the belt and not giving it to him. Sir Gawain keeps the belt as a memoir for his cowardness, one of the worst sins according to the code of chivalry. When he gets back home, everyone honors Sir Gawain as a hero, disregarding his act of cowardice. Moreover, all the members of King Arthur’s

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