Role of Religion in Sir Gawain and Othello
Â Â Respect for religion and government is an important part of any country, but what happens to a country when these values begin to change?Â England was beginning to go through this change in 1603 when Othello was written by William Shakespeare.Â Comparing the religious themes and heroes of Othello to the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which was written during the Middle English era, will demonstrate just how far England had come.Â Both heroes are clearly religious, but Gawain maintains his faith until the end, while Othello falls into the snare of temptation.Â The spiritual hero of Middle English is quite different from the tragic hero of the Machiavellian era.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â To begin, look at a night in the life of Sir Gawain.Â It is Christmas Eve and Gawain is in need.Â He needs a place to stay in his search for the Green Knight's castle and he has traveled a long way.Â What does he do?Â Gawain could boast of his great ability to find his way and gallop on.Â He could give up and go home as many others would.Â He could become so completely discouraged after all his hard work with no results, that he wishes someone would just thrust a sword into his side and put him out of his misery. Gawain doesn't do any of those things though.Â That is just not Sir Gawain of Camelot.Â He is not that kind of hero.
And at that holy ride
He prays with all his might
That Mary may be his guide
Till a dwelling comes in sight. (736-739)
If that wasn't enough, Gawain continues praying when he realizes that it is Christmas Day and he is missing mass:
I beseech of Thee, Lord,
And Mary, thou mildest mother so dear,
Some harborage where...
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â€œCommunication is an exchange of information, verbal pr written message and is the process of sending and receiving messageâ€. () With communication there must be a sender and a receiver for it to take place. In this paper I will provide examples how effective and ineffective demonstrative communication can be positive or negative on situations. Also I will explain how demonstrative communication involves listening and responding.
Demonstrative communication is nonverbal and unwritten communication thought facial expression or body language. Effective ways for a sender and receiver to communicate in a demonstrative way would be to send the right message. Sender would want to make sure the receiver comprehends and understands the sender. For example Kinesics: â€œrefers to the many behaviors of the bodyâ€() these would include posture, gestures, and facial expressions. To make a positive gesture one could give the sender two thumbs up letting them know they did a great job. Letting the sender know they understand the message. A negative gestures would be a frown or to raise an eyebrow. This would provide feedback to the sender letting them know you disagree. Effective communication is a two way street for the sender and receiver.
Ineffective ways for sender and receiver to communicate would be if the sender was demanding or ordering the receiver for something, and persuading or lecturing them. For example, using words like â€œyou mustâ€ this may make the receiver think you are being demanding and they may resent you. Lecturing the receiver is another negative way to communicate with them. This may cause them to feel like they are wrong. Hepatic is a powerful form of communication. This would include giving the sender a pat on the back letting them knows you understand and everything was great. A native communication result would be a slap in the face. This would lead to many problems.
Demonstrative communication between the sender and receiver will be positive if the sender does not overload the receiver with to much information at one time. If the receiver provides active listening or reading, this will allow the receiver to engage in what the sender is trying to get across to them. Demonstrative communication can also be negative if the receiver has a lack of eye contact or crossing of the arms. Things like this tell the sender one may not be interested in their message they are trying to get across.
Provide feedback is a part of responding and giving the sender insurances that you are listening and understood what was being said. With demonstrative communication for example, one can respond by providing feedback like, â€œWhat Iâ€™m hearing isâ€¦â€ This lets the sender know you are listening to the message.
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