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Life Revealed Through Literature Essay

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In modern society it is easy to forget where we come from as a civilization. All too often, the past is overlooked as we seem to always be looking to the future. This is a shame considering that we can learn a lot from our history about who we are as a people. Learning about our cultures in the past can help us as a society to better ourselves. While much in modern society has changed over the past centuries, a lot has also stayed the same. We learn about our past from in many different forms. Prior to the invention of the written language, all history was passed down through oral traditions. These oral traditions most likely would have resulted in the telling of stories. I think that ...view middle of the document...

The heroic protagonist was part of the royalty class in the poem and was described as strong, courageous and honorable. Not only strong and honorable, the royal class was wise and spiritual during that period in time. The commoners looked at the royal class as an example of what characteristics they should strive for within themselves. “Behavior that’s admired is the path to power among people everywhere”, (Norton 42).
From another period of time when society was divided into two social classes a tale called, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” was written. From the poem we learn that honor and courage is stilled a highly regarded characteristics to have. The main character in the story exhibits honor and courage by taking the place of his king in a deadly challenge. It is interesting to see the development of the main character through the tale as he is faced with confronting his own internal weaknesses. Sir Gawain is faced with challenges that test his character. The lady in the poem tests his temper by, “So the lady tempted and teased him, trying to entice him to wherever her intentions might lie”, (Norton 218). After many attempts to entice Gawain the lady turns to flattery and praises his, the lady tells Gawain, “whose princely honor is highly praised amongst lords and ladies and everyone alive”, (Norton 211). This again was just a ploy to seduce him. While Gawain is able to resist having sex with the lady, his is unfortunately not able to keep from kissing her many times. This is an internal conflict that I think really can resonate with many people in modern times.
Geoffrey Chaucer is the author of the last of the three tales. “The...

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