King Arthur and Sir Gawain vs Modern Hero

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Rings of Heroes Benjamin Disraeli once said, “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example”; Disraeli spoke the truth because he understood the importance of the culture that shapes the hero. A hero is defined by their acts of courage, nobility, loyalty, and respect to others as well as themselves. In the legends of King Arthur, Sir Gawain, and the modern film The Amazing Spiderman, the hero reflects the values and traits of his culture. The epic heroes King Arthur and Sir Gawain cannot be fully understood unless one understands that bravery was a major trait that shaped them. It showed power and earned much respect. Bravery was used as a form of entertainment in Medieval culture, “Somewhat less chaotic was the joust…pitted armored horsemen against each other by one charging with sharp or blunt lances…such contests were extremely dangerous,” (“Sports & Games in Medieval Culture”). Such dangerous acts required bravery due to the risk of injury and or worse death even though it was just entertainment. Entertainment was narrow in the Medieval Ages, violence was what made the entertainment entertaining, “In general, Medieval people seem to be quite willing to risk serious injury in the pursuit of entertainment,” (“Sports & Games in Medieval Culture). Bravery was not only shown in acts of violence, not all entertainment was violent; “Some entertainments were pure demonstrations of athleticism. Men exhibited their strength by casting axles and heavy stones, or they showed their speed in foot races,” (“Sports & Games in Medieval Culture”). Entertainment in the Middle Ages resembles the Olympics in which we have today. The Green Knight showed his fearlessness by challenging the Knights of the Round Table to a violent game offering himself to go first, “...that he dares to stoutly exchange one stroke for another, I

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