Character Analysis Of Sir Gawain

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The character, Sir Gawain is an interesting character. He has many different qualities both good and bad. Though he has bad qualities, his intentions behind them are completely innocent. His good qualities far outweigh his bad ones. He makes many decisions though not always the best ones. These decisions have lasting effects on other characters from the story. The ethics of sir Gawain are a main theme throughout the story. Sir Gawain has some interesting motives to his actions that are a focus in the beginning of the story. Throughout the entire story, Sir Gawain is growing as a character. Gawain has many appealing qualities, interesting ethics and motives, and some of his decisions are questionable, but all the while he is growing…show more content…
The fact that he is willing to hold to his stated word is evidence enough that he has good ethics. After Gawain accepts the challenge of the Green Knight he promises to let the Knight perform the challenge to himself. Gawain also has respect for women and their wishes. Gawain’s respect is indicated by the immediate response of Gawain to kiss the lady of the castle after she comes in to greet Gawain for the first time. Gawain’s action stems from the lady’s statement, "So true a knight as Gawain is holden, and one so perfect in courtesy, would never have tarried so long with a lady but he would of his courtesy have craved a kiss at parting." The meaning of this quotation is if this man in the bed were truly the noble knight Sir Gawain, he would not have taken as long as he did to kiss the master of the castle’s wife. A few other examples from the ethics of Sir Gawain are the three promises or instances of gift exchanges with the lord of the castle. For the most part, Gawain holds to his word and gives to the castle lord that which he, Gawain, had received each day. The one instance that he breaks his code of ethics occurs when he exchanges the third gift of three kisses with the host, when in all actuality he had been given a girdle by the lady of the castle to aid him in his encounter with the Green…show more content…
This may seem to be the case at the beginning, but by the end of this literary work, Gawain begins to evolve as a character. Near the end of the story Gawain has gone from flat and unchanging, to a growing and round solar hero who learns from his poor choices. When it came time for Gawain and the Green Knight to reverse their roles and perform the rest of the game, the magic girdle that Gawain received worked as it was supposed to, in that Gawain would be wounded but not fatally wounded. This is when Gawain experiences the most growth as a character. He experiences growth through realization of his poor choices and that everything was all a plot to make an “All high and mighty, do no evil Knight of the Round Table” a fraud and make him lose favor in the eyes of the common people. It was a trick formed to make the commoners see that even the most righteous people in the kingdom could be
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