Sir Gawain strives to live up to the code of chivalry in his loyalty to his king and queen. When the Green Knight challenges any knight that has “gall,” “gumption,” or “guts” to strike him, only Gawain stands up to the challenge. Though King Arthur tells the Green Knight, “Your request is quite insane, / and folly finds the man who flirts with the fool,” Gawain still rises to the challenge in the name of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere (323-4). He demonstrates courage and complete loyalty in the face of an impossible challenge. He displays his humility saying he is the “weakest of [the] warriors and feeblest of wit” and if he dies, he would not be mourned over as much as any other knights (354-5).
He proves his devotion to the king by accepting the Green Knight's test. Sir Gawain is prepared to sacrifice himself by striking the Green Knight while being aware that in a year and one day, he will receive the same retaliation from the Green Knight's ax. If Sir Gawain denied this test, the respect and reputation of King Arthur would be mocked by the Green Knight and would put his status and kingdom in question. He wasn't scared to commit to the Green Knight and sacrifice himself in his obligation to protect the king. He displays his devotion in nobility and is defended many others by his acts of humility.
His proposition reduces "the noblest knights known under Christ” (Part 1) “to cowering, quaking men.”(Part 1) In spite how the court reacted to the Green Knight's challenge, Arthur still insists, "No guest here is aghast of your great words" (Part 1). By verbally accepting the Green Knight's challenge, Sir Gawain supports Arthur's playful - if not outright dishonest - words, thereby managing to maintain the integrity of King Arthur's court. He also unknowingly passes his first and most obvious test. It is in the castle that Sir Gawain's ability t... ... middle of paper ... ... host. However, because he does not realize that he is being tested, Sir Gawain fails the test.
In every great work of literature, archetypes appear throughout the story, playing a key role in helping the audience understand the story. Examples of these archetypes are the boon, the magic weapon, and the refusal of the call. Archetypes like these help us capture what the story seems to really be about. In the story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a knight of Camelot must go on a quest to keep the value of his home, Camelot. During this quest, he seeks a green knight to chop off his head; however after this quest, he discovers that the green knight was not really his enemy but, the one that would change him.
Keenly I wish to see that sire with sight, and to himself say my say" (163). To a king this may seem a bit rude to addressed in such a way. The Green Knight's plan is to test the court. He wants to test one of Arthur's knights. Because of their fame and how well they are known for their chivalry and courage, the Green Knight seizes this as an opportunity to place before them a challenge.
Gawain refuses her temptations twice and then finally accepts the finally accepts the green sash under the guise that it will protect him from death. Sir Gawain does not pretend to be ignorant of what he has done. Again, displaying Knightly virtue and having the courage to face his wrong-doing, Gawain rides into his beheading wearing the bright green sash "against the gay red" mirroring the giants blood "bright on the green". As his penance, he gives the sash a place of honor, hanging from his right shoulder and tied at his left side. The sash will serve, not only to lower his pride, but also as a symbol to remind him of past "cowardice and
Knights are the representative of the loyalty, bravery, honesty and the other essential measurements of chivalry in the book, Gawain is the chosen one to examine his codes of chivalry. During the test, the taken green girdle which originally is belongs to Bertilak against a the loyalty that also directly indicates Gawain fails for his quest, when the decision is holding in Bertilak hand, he decides to let Gawain pass, “You 're the most faultless warrior who walks on foot! As a pearl is more precious than a snow-pea So is Gawain, upon my oath, among other Knights. Yet here you lacked a little: your loyalty Was wanting-not out of greed, not out of wantonness? But because you loved your life-and I blame you much less For that
Though Gawain sits at the high table during the New Year’s celebration at Arthur’s court, he defines himself as the least of King Arthur’s knights in terms of both physical ability and mental aptitude. Gawain continually seeks to better improve his inner self throughout the story. His only known flaw proves to be his love to preserve his own life, so much that he will sacrifice his honor in order to save himself. When the Green Knight arrives at Camelot, he challenges Arthur’s court, mocking the knights for being afraid of mere words, and suggesting that words and appearances hold too much power with them. Although the Green Knight basically tricks Gawain, by not telling him about his supernatural capabilities before asking him to agree to his terms, Gawain refuses to withdraw of their agreement.
Sir Gawain performs the virtuous act of taking on the challenge in Sir Arthur’s place to protect his lord from taking any part of an unusual challenge that might kill a man. In the story Sir Gawain explains his reason for taking his lord’s place, “I hold, none more honest of purpose, no figures fairer on field where fighting is waged. I am the weakest. I am awa... ... middle of paper ... ...use positive outcomes, and may stop that person from making a wrong decision. The most impactful measure in this story for me is Sir Gawain’s continuous return to virtuous decisions although every decision he made is not virtuous.
Gawain’s strength comes from his discovery of his own flaws. Beowulf’s ideals concerning honor and nobility exist only within the context of his society. Remove him from other people, and his life would be meaningless. This is the true flaw of Beowulf, which the character of Gawain, by the end of his story, comes to realize. The notion of "winning" can be applied at all times to the personality of the chivalric Knight.