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Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a Middle English romance poem written byan anonymous West Midlands poet also credited with a lot of other poems written duringthat time. The protagonist, Sir Gawain, survives two tests: a challenge, which he alonewithout the assistance of King Arthur's knights accepts, to behead the fearsome GreenKnight and to let him retaliate a year later at the distant Green Chapel; and the temptationto commit adultery with the wife of Lord Bercilak--in reality the Green Knight--in whosecastle he stays in en route to the chapel. This story is emblematic of life; how it issuestests and challenges and the consequences rendered as a result of failing or succeedingthese ...view middle of the document...

It seems as if theprayers were what kept Gawain sane and focused on the purpose of his journey.Gawain's prayers were answered when he rode along and finally came upon a place thathe could petition for possible rest. This castle would be the setting for Gawain's next test.The test builds as he feasts with the court and finds that a certain lady has an interest inknowing Gawain a little better. The lady is later to be known as the wife of Bercilak -aka-the Green Knight. This is shown as temptation. The lady tries to seduce Gawain whileBetilak is away on a hunting excursion. Gawain resists every advance made by the ladyexcept a kiss for which he mentions in confession. Gawain is given a sash by the ladywhich is said to protect the wearer from harm. Reluctantly he accepts the sash and doesnot tell Bercilak that he received this from the lady. He does this because he puts his trustin a material item instead of God to protect him from harm. This will prove to be one ofGawain's few downfalls in this story.Gawain sets out for the Chapel and finds the Green Knight there honing his ax.Gawain bending over for the blow is feinted by the knight. When this happens Gawainflinches and is chastised by the knight for doing so. The knight raises...

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