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In the world today men and women that have no true social value or values are lionized The rank of hero is assigned so freely that most of our idols today are in reality people not to be emulated Sir Gawain is not one of these people He balances focus on overcoming both physical challenges and many moral challenges and this balance is what makes him a true hero A strong balance of character is an innate quality to any hero This idea of a well-rounded person is not a new one An example of a common realization of this was during the renaissance period Society started to realize that the ability to utilize a sword does not make them a good or happy person It is admirable for a person to be strong and brave it is also admirable for a person to be loyal intelligent and humble It is the combination of these characteristics that make a person a hero Gawain is determined to be one of these men He makes comment to this as he leaves Camelot to find the Green Knight Gawain remarks In destinies sad or merry True men can but try 565 Gawains statement is not merely profound sentiment useful even today as a measure of a mans mettle Also with it coming as early as it does in Part II of the poem it could be considered foreshadowing of how Gawains tale may end It tells a reader that Gawain means to do his level best in his grand endeavor and if in but one small way he should fail do not persecute him until considering how a different man may have fared Sir Gawain clearly meets the requirements of a great warrior which is one of the components that define Gawain as a hero Gawain is obviously seen as a great Knight in his court And the idea of months of travel alone is no trouble to
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