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Gawain And Green Knight Essay, Research Paper

What is Sir Gawain?s true personality like? Sir Gawain has two sides to his

personality. The first side to Sir Gawain?s personality is the way in which

everyone else expects him to be. Sir Gawain has a certain honor to uphold as the

noblest knight of the Round Table. Sir Gawain is expected to be chilvarous by

being courageous, loyal, honest, courteous, the best at everything in which he

attempts, and have a strong will to resist temptations of evil nature. Everyone

believes Sir Gawain to be the perfect epitome of the knights. The way that Sir

Gawain shows his courage and nobility is by accepting the challenge given to the

knights of the Round Table by the Green Knight. Gawain accepts this challenge to

release King Arthur. King Arthur was faced with the challenge and humility

because there was no response to the challenge from the knights before Sir

Gawain accepted. Sir Gawain also shows his loyalty and honesty by upholding his

end of the challenge and making the journey to find the Green Knight and take

his return blow of death from the axe. The second side to Sir Gawain?s

personality is the way that he is actually proven to be. When Sir Gawain is

tested by fate he reveals that he is just as human as anyone else and

shouldn?t be put on such a high pedestal of heroics. Sir Gawain isn?t as

honest and courageous as everyone believes him to be. Sir Gawain proves himself

to be imperfect. The way that Sir Gawain shows his imperfections is when he

succumbs to Bercilak?s wife?s advances. Sir Gawain accepts the green girdle

from her and doesn?t tell Bercilak. Sir Gawain is breaking a pact between him

and Bercilak and lies to him by omitting the gift from his gains won on that

day. Sir Gawain shows another flaw when he shrinks away from the Green

Knight?s first attempted stroke from the axe. Sir Gawain feigns a cheerful

face but deep down he is full of fear that wasn?t expected from such a noble

knight. In conclusion, Sir Gawain is not the perfect knight even though he

strives his best to be. Through the Green Knight?s tests, Sir Gawain is proven

to be just as human as anyone else is. The other knights of the Round Table

forgive him for not being absolutely perfect and learn from his mistakes and how

he upholds his chilvaric code. Even though Sir Gawain is proven to be human, he

is still in the end a courageous and noble knight. Baldesar Castiglione: The

Book of the Courtier Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince Does everyone?s ideal

leader have the same qualities and talents? How do Baldesar Castiglione?s

courtier compare to Niccolo Machiavelli?s prince? The courtier and the prince

have many similar qualities, but they also have some different qualities that

set them apart. The courtier and the prince are similar in their roles of

leadership. They should both be strong leaders with good reputations. Both

should have virtuous qualities and seem compassionate and not cruel. Both should

also be very intelligent in the qualifications of their positions and how to

stay in control of their people. The prince should have a stronger military

background and greater control over others than the courtier who doesn?t

control as many people. The prince and the courtier are very different in their

aspect of how others perceive them and the way that they actually are. The

prince should have virtuous qualities, but only to use them to his betterment.

This keeps the prince from being marked as virtuous which can only bring him

blame or shame. The prince should be thought compassionate and not cruel to gain

respect and be feared to stay in control of his people. On the other hand, the

courtier should show compassion for others and be bold, strong, and loyal to

whomever he serves. The courtier should be bold and stern among the enemy but

gentle, modest, and reserved with his kinsmen. The courtier?s day is expected

to have all of the hours filled with honorable and pleasant exercises designed

for the body and the mind. These exercises are for the courtier to stay in

control and have the respect of his people. The prince uses wit and trickery to

stay in control of his people. In conclusion, both the prince and the courtier

should seem to have the same qualities and talents to everyone else. The prince

uses his trickery to stay in control, but the courtier uses his born talent and

hard work from his exercises to stay in control. Each man is an ideal leader,

but the courtier is a more down to earth leader. The courtier?s qualities are

like an updated version of the typical Renaissance man. The courtier?s

qualities are easier to achieve, because they are more like natural human

traits. The courtier?s qualifications are not as far-fetched as the

prince?s.

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