Pardoner, Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Analyzing Literary Periods In unit one of our English year we read an abundant amount of stories in which characters had expected ways of life. Although not all of these characters lived the way they were expected to. Three characters that I believe were not solely defined by their role in society were the Pardoner, Sir Gawain, and the Monk. In this paper the reasons these characters are not believed to be defined by society will be explained and supported with details from their tales and other accounts. Let’s begin by analyzing the role of the Pardoner. The Pardoner in Chaucer’s Prologue is immediately referred to as a rat in line 699 Chaucer states, “… Thinly there fell, like rat-tails, one by one.” Even though the Pardoner is included…show more content…
As a Knight of the medieval time period you had to live by the Chivalric Code. This code was a code of conduct and stated that knights or nobles must be brave warriors, virtuous Christians, and must fight selflessly for justice. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain attempts to live up to the Chivalric Code but falls short at moments not only for fear of losing his life but also because of his individuality. In the beginning of the legend Gawain is nothing more than the nephew of King Arthur and his life is not greatly valued. A mysterious Green Knight rides into Arthur’s hall and challenges anyone who is willing to a simple contest. No one in Arthur’s hall offers to stand and challenge the mysterious Green Knight even when Arthur says he will accept the challenge no one stands, then Gawain stands and excepts the challenge saying, “ I am the weakest, well I know, and of wit feeblest; And the loss of my life would be least of any;.” Gawain stepping up and saying this expresses his own individuality because he was not required to or even thought of to accept this challenge because he was not a knight. But by accepting the challenge through is individuality he shows that he is capable of living under the Knights Code and is thus Knighted. Gawain promised to seek out the mysterious Green knight and does so in a timely fashion thus keeping and conforming but this would never have occurred if it weren’t for his own original individuality. So again it’s proven that you characters and people are not always defined by their society and can live and be individuals. Last but not least is the Monk from Chaucer’s

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