Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

1498 WordsOct 1, 20156 Pages
In terms of values, there could not be two people more different than the honorable Sir Gawain and the flamboyant Jay Gatsby. Sir Gawain, featured in the novel Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, is an honorable knight who abides by the code of chivalry and the pentangle on his shield representing his values. He is on a quest to live up to the challenge he accepted in place of his lord, while maintaining his chivalrous ideals. Jay Gatsby, the main character in Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby, is a self-centered bootlegger on a quest to relive the past and win back the love of Daisy Buchanan by all means possible. Although they are both determined to reach their respective goals, they do so in different ways. Despite the fact that Gatsby and Gawain both struggle to balance realism and idealism, Gatsby ultimately does not live up to the values that Gawain attains as he approaches his quest in ways that are not consistent with the values of Gawain. Gawain follows the code of chivalry which values loyalty, integrity, courtesy, chastity, and religion. He must be loyal to God, his king, and his wife. Gawain is very humble which is evident when he takes up the Green Knight’s challenge and proclaims, “I am the weakest [of your knight], I know, and the dullest-minded/So my death would be the least loss, if truth should be told/Only because you are my uncle am I to be praised/No virtue I know in myself but your blood"(12.354 - 357). He is very self-deprecating in this particular

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