In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by J.R.R. Tolkien, Gawain, a knight of the round table, expresses love and respect to aid his journey. These forms of love, from the beginning to the end, play key roles in demonstrating and maintaining the dignity of his knighthood. The manifestation of Gawain’s love forms a number of relationships over the course of the poem. Accordingly, these relationships test his true vow of chivalry and sustain his credibility as a true knight of the round table.
In this second test, Sir Gawain proves to be a true knight when he is tempted by the hostess of the Green Castle. So far nothing can turn him from his path, for he is a true knight. SOURCES Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Norton Anthology of English Literature. Ed.
The knight’s reverence for the King is also evident in his address to him at the beginning of the question. He calls him My Lord, which demonstrates an understanding of his position in comparison to the King’s, as well as, is a sign of respect. Geoffrey Chaucer... ... middle of paper ... ...alities of those men in the knighthood during the middle ages through his descriptions of King Arthur’s loyal and brave knight. This good knight possesses all of the characteristics that Chaucer describes and is even more esteemed because of his retention of these traits in his Lord’s time of need. Works Cited Chaucer.
The reader is prepared to learn of each of his noble accomplishments and importance when the narrator remarks that" A knight ther was, and that a worthy man,/That fro the tyme that he first bigan/To ryden out, he loved chivalrye,/Trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisye." (pg. 4, The Canterbury Tales) From the characters impressive introduction, it is clear that this man is the most valued and honorable traveler among the group. This perfect gentleman holds a love of ideals that are often not displayed by people. First and foremost, he believes in the ideals of chivalry, and always stays true to its principles.
The Green Knight upon his arrival called the court the best, strong, chivalrous and at the same time hinted towards their high recognition. This stranger to all in the court first challenges them to a fair trade and says, “I have not come to linger long, but because your praises so highly sung, Sir, and because your knights are reputed the best.”(Sir Gawain…, 2006, P 10) the Green Knight calls the knights the best says their praises are sung but then challenges them, “Here is shown chivalry or so I am told, and it simply which brings me here now.”(Sir Gawain…, 2006, P 10). The challenge, not only challenged their code of chivalry, but their lives by offering to cut off his head then he will repay the cut a year later, seems dangerous but because of Sir Gawain’s sacrifice the court sent him off a year later proclaiming his bravery. The court sent Sir Gawain to find the Green Knight in a suit showing high ranking and importance. The armor with the pentangle containing the code of chivalry not only p... ... middle of paper ... ...in fine cloths.
The traits these knights must have upheld are friendship, piety, generously, chastity, and courtesy. They were well respected and revered throughout the kingdom. During this time, knights trailed closely behind kings when it came to the respect and obedience of the people. This was clearly displayed later in the book when Sir Gawain was cordially welcomed into the lord’s castle. “You are welcome to use as you wish everything here.
Sir Gawain - The Noble Knight Sir Gawain is a nephew of King Arthur and the brother of Sir Gaheris and Sir Gareth. In the poem he is described by the author as "the good knight" and "most courteous" (1. 109,639). His character is shown through supernatural tests when he steps in for King Arthur and takes the challenge of the Green Knight on himself. Then his second test in the poem is to withstand the lust of the Green Knight's wife.
Sir Gawain possesses self-discipline when he was being tempted with desire and pleasure by Bertilak's spouse. He possesses great courage, faithfulness and devotion to his lord or king. And he displays true honesty when he told the truth about his injury wound. All of these characteristics show how honorable and honest Sir Gawain is and how I view him to be an ideal knight as well as chivalrous.
King Arthur ultimately accepts the request, but his nephew Sir Gawain, a great and chivalrous knight who is known to hold these qualities, willingly takes his uncle 's place. Sir Gawain stated “I have a request for you, my lord, let this adventure be mine” (4). This quote shows Sir Gawain maintaining those high expectations of being the perfect knight, risking his life in place of his lord. Once Sir Gawain delivers the blow decapitating the Green Knight 's head, the Green Knight 's body picks up his head and speaks to Sir Gawain telling him where to go to receive the returning blow a year and a day later. This also indicates that the Green Knight is supernatural able to still be alive after receiving such a brutal blow.