The way that SirGawain shows his courage and nobility is by accepting the challenge given to theknights of the Round Table by the Green Knight. Gawain accepts this challenge torelease King Arthur. King Arthur was faced with the challenge and humilitybecause there was no response to the challenge from the knights before SirGawain accepted. Sir Gawain also shows his loyalty and honesty by upholding hisend of the challenge and making the journey to find the Green Knight and takehis return blow of death from the axe.
The second side to Sir Gawainspersonality is the way that he is actually proven to be. When Sir Gawain istested by fate he reveals that he is just as human as anyone else andshouldnt be put on such a high pedestal of heroics. Sir Gawain isnt ashonest and courageous as everyone believes him to be. Sir Gawain proves himselfto be imperfect. The way that Sir Gawain shows his imperfections is when hesuccumbs to Bercilaks wifes advances. Sir Gawain accepts the green girdlefrom her and doesnt tell Bercilak.
Sir Gawain is breaking a pact between himand Bercilak and lies to him by omitting the gift from his gains won on thatday. Sir Gawain shows another flaw when he shrinks away from the GreenKnights first attempted stroke from the axe. Sir Gawain feigns a cheerfulface but deep down he is full of fear that wasnt expected from such a nobleknight. In conclusion, Sir Gawain is not the perfect knight even though hestrives his best to be. Through the Green Knights tests, Sir Gawain is provento be just as human as anyone else is. The other knights of the Round Tableforgive him for not being absolutely perfect and learn from his mistakes and howhe upholds his chilvaric code.
Even though Sir Gawain is proven to be human, heis still in the end a courageous and noble knight. Baldesar Castiglione: TheBook of the Courtier Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince Does everyones idealleader have the same qualities and talents? How do Baldesar Castiglionescourtier compare to Niccolo Machiavellis prince? The courtier and the princehave many similar qualities, but they also have some different qualities thatset them apart. The courtier and the prince are similar in their roles ofleadership. They should both be strong leaders with good reputations. Bothshould have virtuous qualities and seem compassionate and not cruel. Both shouldalso be very intelligent in the qualifications of their positions and how tostay in control of their people.
The prince should have a stronger militarybackground and greater control over others than the courtier who doesntcontrol as many people. The prince and the courtier are very different in theiraspect of how others perceive them and the way that they actually are. Theprince 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 himblame or shame. The prince should be thought compassionate and not cruel to gainrespect and be feared to stay in control of his people.
On the other hand, thecourtier should show compassion for others and be bold, strong, and loyal towhomever he serves. The courtier should be bold and stern among the enemy butgentle, modest, and reserved with his kinsmen. The courtiers day is expectedto have all of the hours filled with honorable and pleasant exercises designedfor the body and the mind. These exercises are for the courtier to stay incontrol and have the respect of his people.
The prince uses wit and trickery tostay in control of his people. In conclusion, both the prince and the courtiershould seem to have the same qualities and talents to everyone else. The princeuses his trickery to stay in control, but the courtier uses his born talent andhard 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 courtiers qualities arelike an updated version of the typical Renaissance man. The courtiersqualities are easier to achieve, because they are more like natural humantraits.
The courtiers qualifications are not as far-fetched as theprinces.