Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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From all the reputable figures of the tale “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”; the Gawain-poet considered chivalry and the knightly code thee most righteous way to classify a gentleman within the medieval time period. King Arthur, Sir Gawain, and the Green Knight basked in the veneration of their peers and kingdom. Throughout the story these characters was presented in the esteemed glory, however, through the duration of the novella; the storyteller shown that each noble persona contained flaws. By interpreting their strengths and faults, the audience will be exposed to how the storyteller perceived elements of the code and chivalry. Dependent on such character, the differentiation of the regulations and codes will symbolize their role in the tale, further more, will elucidate the hardships of enduring the character. From where “bold men were bred” (Anonymous, pg.26), the “most honour[able]” (Anonymous, pg.26) Arthur resided at the renowned Camelot. Arthur being most favorable made his citizens and knights obedient to him and his desires. Sitting in the estate throne concludes that he must: stay faithful to his religion, present nobility and courtesy. As well as, staying chase, when expected, and valiant for his kingdom. Defiantly “fearless” Arthur is swift to protect and defend his kingdom by taking upon the challenge given from the Green Knight. Consequently, this situation portraits to the reader that valor, honor, and piety are all inevitability affiliated with King Arthur, as it shall be for such leaders. So for him being in a position of wealth and authority, he presents himself as a jejune juvenile. With “moods of a boy” (Anonymous, pg. 26), “Arthur would not eat until . . . . he first [was] apprised of some strange story or stirring adventure, or some moving marvel that he might believe in of noble men, knighthood, or new adventures; or a challenger should come a champion seeking” (Anonymous, pg. 26). King Arthur acting like an immature child is the most vile characteristic for the fact that he is king and is expected of holding himself with class and dignity. Though his kingdom and himself is well known, his courtesy is not. Soon after the noble King went to defend his title and reputation, the “good” Gawain verified his loyalty, courtesy and courage through defending the weaker by taking upon the laborious quest of his lord. Telling the King to “save your blood in my body I boast no virtue” (Anonymous, pg, 37) brings the initial feel for Gawain.

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