Analysis Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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In his book The Discarded Image C.S. Lewis states that “the Middle Ages depended predominantly on books…reading was one way of the total culture.” To illustrate, imagine a young heroic knight, holding his sword in one hand and his shield in another. Standing in confidence, with a determined look upon his face before confronting his next challenge. Bravery is found in many interesting stories throughout the medieval ages. It is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “courageous behavior or character” (Oxford Dictionaries). The use of bravery in medieval times can be determined as a sort of motivation for the people during Protestant movement in Britain. Bravery was also used as an example to people of a moral standard. Below, quotes by C.S. Lewis and from the poems of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Beowulf, and Judith predominantly showcase the theme of bravery in medieval concepts.
Bravery is immediately found in the beginning of the poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight where Gawain accepts the challenge of the Green Knight in lines 339-342, “By Guinevere, Gawain now to this king inclines and says, ‘I stake my claim this melee must be mine’” (Greenblatt). In this scene Gawain is trying to make a name for himself among the people, outside of King Arthur and Guinevere. He finds the bravery in himself to take on the challenge of the Green Knight a few lines down, stating to his fellow knights, “[knights] brave, bold men are seated on those benches… I am the weakest of your
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