This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Powerful Or Not? Essay

999 words - 4 pages

Describing someone as powerful is usually seen as someone who is brave, gallant,
intelligent and respectful. These characteristics classified a King’s attitude, especially in the
Middle Ages. King Arthur, who was the king of England was seen as a very powerful and brave king (Sir Gawain; line 107). In my perspective, in order to gain power, two main attributes have to be gained: popularity, and the ability to control and manipulate your country. King Arthur had that power, the power of having a whole kingdom at his feet even when he was not brave. In the book, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain sees his cousin or King Arthur as the most powerful man alive, as someone who has all his respect. However, Gawain was more brave then King Arthur in many occasions. King Arthur was so powerful that he did not have to put himself at risk because he had all the knights and his people around him willing to do it for him and save
his life.
A main event where King Arthur shows his power without showing his braveness is
when the Green Knight defeats him. In the New Year’s Ball, King Arthur wants someone to tell
him a marvelous story before he starts to feast. (Gawain; line 90) In that moment a huge knight
comes in the ball saying he is not harmful and he does not war. “All I ask for in this court is one
Christmas game, at this New Year holiday with young people all around”, said the Green Knight
to the King. (Gawain; lines 284-285) The game’s rules were that King Arthur should get the
Green Knight’s axe to cut him and then a year and one day from the New Year’s Ball, the Green
Knight would come back and do the same thing to King Arthur.(Gawain; line 290) The King’s
reaction was shocking, however he accepted to this ridiculous game. When the King was about
to use the axe to cut the Green Knight’s neck, Sir Gawain a brave knight said: “I’m the weakest,
I know, and the feeblest of spirit, so my life would be at least loss, it is simply true.”(Gawain,
lines 353,354) Gawain did not care of the consequences this game may bring, he was willing to
fight for his King. Gawain was willing to accept all consequences at all sakes to save his King
from all danger. This action proves how much power King Arthur has over his people, he does not have to ask for help, he does not have to ask anyone to do anything for him, the noble knights are simply there for him, to fight for him and be loyal to their King. That is power. The King
accepted Gawain proposal and Gawain “dropped the blade swiftly on the Green Knight’s
unguarded skin.” (Gawain, line 423)
Gawain was not convinced in playing this game, in fact he...

Find Another Essay On Powerful or Not?

power in negotiations Essay

1538 words - 7 pages difficult situations and setbacks.This assertiveness not only leads to founding new ways that can benefit both sides but also brings about successful negotiation [6] . A typical notion of power is that it give ways to flexible thinking and implementation. An individual of powerful position tend to be more inventive or risk taker than an individual with less powerful position. This is also true for a spontaneous process like negotiation, where

King william i Essay

1020 words - 4 pages best interests of mankind as a whole." That was not unlike the Treaty of Vienna in the 19th century. The treaty basically gave the most powerful nations in Europe the right to intervene and interfere in any conflict or uprising that was deemed "harmful" to the rest of Europe. The treaty was written by countries where, by and large, monarchy was still prevalent. So it would not be much of a change to just make Clinton a king because he is already

Manipulation Of The Truth By The Powerful

1038 words - 5 pages "A lot of people are going to be unhappy about this" is ironic. Geoff is referring to the banks, when in reality the network and Mike himself are the ones who will be unhappy, as a result of the control exerted by the powerful. While Mike maintains that the truth will not be controlled by the powerful ("Either this story goes public, or I go public"), through the use of dramatic irony, we learn that he submits, and decides not to air the story

Power in Negotiations

2453 words - 10 pages negotiation. When considering others perspective or opinions individuals with more power has a protective shield against the traitorous behaviour from other disputants (Staff, P. 2013). This means powerful negotiators are not easily manipulated or affected by their disputant’s anger or threats posed. As I mentioned before individual with more power is less likely to be influenced by opponent’s emotions but identifies only their interests in bargaining

Presidentail power

1471 words - 6 pages another. There are, however, circumstances that can give a President the appearance of being very powerful. The context of the nation at the times, the power of the President to persuade others to do what they want, and their reputation among the public all play a role in whether or not they are remembered for their great deeds, or forgotten in the constantly changing world. Article II expresses the powers that are held by the President. One of those

Civil Rights Movement

865 words - 4 pages change in the world and most people would not have done that because of the punishments it would have cost them. This event is special in so many ways that words cannot even describe because of the risk these blacks or whites were taking to stand up for what he or she believed in. However, areas that were targeted for reform between blacks and whites and this movement being powerful then and powerful now. The Civil Rights Movement was targeted for

Swimming against the Tide

1438 words - 6 pages Even though people do not read books anymore, stories still travel amongst people. Whether these stories are anecdotes between friends, or historical lessons from parent to child, stories pass around like a ball in a game of catch. However, not many stories possess aspects that allow them to hold the title of 'interesting'. The novel The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, is about a group of eight girls who tell the story of their life from their own

Conflict Theory Based on Stratification in the Social Class in Society

696 words - 3 pages machines that did the work slaves did. It could be argued that in order to profit from making such machinery - you needed to get rid of slavery. Thus it was not in the interests of the powerful to continue slavery. Additionally, in industrial setting people get paid, they make money because of their labor not because of the land they own, thus slavery - or free labor - was in conflict with this interest. The interest that won out was of the powerful

Jessica Danielson

1036 words - 5 pages What is a computer? When trying to explain the computer to my grandparents I realizing just how complicated it is Explaining what it is and why it’s so powerful, the differences between data and information and how the computer knows what to do. First what is a computer? A computer is a general purpose device that can be programmed to carry out a set of arithmetic or logical operations. Since a sequence of operations can be readily changed, the

Evil's Problem

562 words - 2 pages a God certainly could and would destroy evil.On the other hand, the evidential challenge contends that while it may be rationally possible to believe such a God exists, it is highly improbable or unlikely that He does. We have evidence of so much evil that is seemingly pointless and of such horrendous intensity. For what valid reason would a good and powerful God allow the amount and kinds of evil which we see around us?These issues are of an extremely important nature--not only as we seek to defend our belief in God, but also as we live out our Christian lives.{1}

the tyger

531 words - 2 pages mysterious. The first BIG example that should come to mind: God, or the divine (that stuff is big and powerful and mysterious).Lines 5-6 : These lines ask where the Tyger was created, and also add to the growing image the reader has of the Tyger. The use of "distant deeps or skies" seems to refer to an otherworldly ("distant") place, perhaps a kind of Hell ("deeps") or Heaven ("skies"). The metaphor of "burning" from line 1 returns with the burning

Similar Essays

English Psychologist A Essay

1262 words - 5 pages of the "powerful" and "noble" is derived from. Social utility is, actually in the self-interest of the "powerful." The powerful and influential attain power from the people they lead. Without taking into account the needs and desires of the people, the powerful would not have any supporters or followers. Therefore, it is in the self-interest of the "powerful" to define good with social utility.Furthermore, Nietzsche's historical evidence must

The Problem Of Evil Essay

911 words - 4 pages people also would suffer from the wrong doings of others. Why would God want the innocent good people to suffer because others chose evil? This also shows that the test of evil is a bad solution because even the people that chose to be good can suffer along the way.The problem of evil holds to be a good argument. The solutions did not prove that God was all-good or all-powerful, with evil existing as it does such a God could not exist. I feel

Should Development Aid Be Understood As Foreign Policy Tool?

1007 words - 5 pages and leaders of former colony. But to establish good partnership, it is necessary to create good partnership not only with the leaders but also with society. To sum up, the development aid can be understood as foreign policy tool, because it can be used differently- as peace-loving element, or as manipulating and influential element, it depends on situation and how strongly powerful state wants to gain its goal and how strongly the weak state

How To Fix The New England Wire And Cable

659 words - 3 pages had supported most of the people of the town for decades. Even his nickname, cast him a villain. Garfield recognized the problem and did establish a great sense of urgency. He acted as leader and not as a friend. Garfield saw the facts and explicitly expressed the situation in his address to the shareholders. I personally would have taken a similar approach as Garfield. In most cases, you need an outsider or someone not as closely tied to