Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

examples of heroism

how is heroism displayed in this book in any characters

i have to write a paper using the common topic of definition to define a hero, examining specific characters and character traits from the three books Beowulf, Canterbury Tales (General Prologue and the Knight's Tale) and Sir Gawain.

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Gawain steps forward to accept the challenge of the Green Knight in place of King Arthur. In this, he displays bravery, courage, and chivalry. During his journey to meet with the Green Knight, Sir Gawain, unbeknownst to himself is being tested constantly. Is he everything he claims to be?

Gawain passes the first tests and acts honorably throughout, but in the end he fails. Fear of the Green Knight, fear of losing, and fear of disgrace lead him to accept the "green girdle" that he believes will protect him. Thus, we see that even the most heroic of men are flawed.