Gawain starts off the story very eager to lay down his life almost to the point of conceitedness. He also shows that he is honorable by taking his uncle's, King Arthur, place when Splendid challenged King Arthur's Court. Gawain also exhibited courage because there was a chance of death. Splendid the Green Knight thinks King Arthur's men might be phonies so he went to King Arthur’s court to challenge them. Splendid summoned King Arthur's men to cut off Splendid's head with the understanding that Splendid would get the opportunity to match Gawain's swing for swing a year and a day later.
Throughout his entire journey, Gawain tried to remain courageous and brave. In fact, Gawain demonstrated his bravery when he accepted the challenge that no one else dared to do. Following that he then showed his braveness by cutting off the Green Knights head and keeping his word to return in one year and one day. He even had enough courage to go on a journey by himself rather than having the other knights go along. Although Gawain is seen to be fearful of death because instead of giving away the girdle he kept it in secret so its magical powers would protect him from the Green Knight.
The Green Knight gave Sir Gawain the option of any blow with the same one to happen in a years time. Sir Gawain thought he could outwit the Green Knight, he thought he found a loophole when he could cut the knight’s head off. “The cleanness of the strike cleaved the spinal cord and parted the fat and the flesh so far that the bright steel blade to a bite from the floor.” (Armitage p49). This was a mistake though. The Green Knight was still alive and now in a years time, the same thing would happen to Sir Gawain.
Sir Gawain does indeed cut his head off, but the Green Knight simply puts his head back on. As part of the deal, the Green Knight gets to chop Sir Gawain 's head off in a year. The story follows Sir Gawain on his adventure to find the Green Knight in order to follow chivalry. Along the way, Sir Gawain faces some challenges. This represents a code of chivalry in the fact that you can never refuse
The next morning after his stay Sir Gawain rides off from the castle and sets off on his Journey in the center of the abyss, The chapel. Upon arriving to the chapel Sir Gawain begins to hear noises. Sounds of a weapon being sharpened on a grindstone which by Gawain can tell will be his fate. Once the Green knight is done sharpening his axe, he greets Sir Gawain in a destination to repay Gawain for the game that the knight had made a proposition for a year ago. Not trying to show off fear Sir gawain positions himself for the Green knight so he may deal his final blows of his mighty axe.
Knights have always fascinated people with their daring deeds and good manners. In the Pearl Poet’s “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” the Green Knight arrives at King Arthur’s castle to Challenge his Knights, but no one accepts the challenge until finally, Arthur stands up. Eventually, Sir Gawain accepts the challenge and has his reputation challenged along the way. When Sir Gawain became a knight, he promised to live by the Code of Chivalry just like I live my life by a set of rules. My code of honor shares similarities with the Code of Chivalry.
Overall, the ideal knight was to be kind, courageous, ruthless, and bold all at once. Throughout Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain believes he exemplifies everything a knight should be, but by the end of the story, he realizes he is more flawed than he thought. He gives into temptation to avoid death, the very thing he should be prepared to face any day of his life. He is extremely disappointed in himself, but he should not have been; chivalry was a great idea, but that was it. Chivalry was never, and will never be, a realistic way men or women should live their
Of all the people in his vast kingdom, King Zivanovich was most jealous of the noble knight, Sir Kerr, because he is a very good looking man, who is warm hearted, and is brave enough to do anything at any time. For a couple of weeks, Sir Kerr has been looking for a missing girl, that hasn’t yet been found. His mission, assigned by the evil King Zivanovich, was to find Wilsonie and return her within a month. If it was done any later, he has to leave the kingdom. King Zivanovich knew that it would take some time for Sir Kerr to find her, because he is the one who hid Wilsonie in a faraway, secret land, called Strictness.
At the beginning he is both the herald and the trickster, he is overall the devil figure, in the end he is Gawain’s mentor, ultimately the evil figure that turned good.Though Green Knight’s role as the mentor of Gawain is the most important. The Green Knight turned out to be the host, so he knew if Gawain would stay true to their deal, when Gawain didn’t The Green Knight cut Gawain once. Uncoincidentally, The Green Knight swung at Gawain’s neck three times and only cut him slightly the third time, just like the third time that Gawain didn’t give the girdle to the host when Gawain should have. These three times also tie into the Holy Trinity. The slight cut is representative to Gawain that he should always stay true to his word, and be chivalrous.
The main theme of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the journey to maturity of Gawain, the hero. During the passage, Gawain goes through three tests on his development. First, Gawain shows courage and resourcefulness when he volunteers to take the Green Knight’s challenge instead of Arthur doing so. Second, Gawain shows authority, self-restraint, and integrity when he denies the sexual endeavours of the lady of the house. Lastly, Gawain shows bravery when he faces death by keeping his meeting with the Green
One last way the Green Knight proved he was godly was when giving tests to Sir Gawain. He set Gawain up to face sins, like a God would do, to test his faith. Then after failing those test Gawain went to Green Knight and faced his judgment. All these examples and more supports the fact that the Green Knight was used as metaphor for
The rule of the game asked for the challenger to meet with the Green Knight a year later, so he could strike back. Gawain accepts and beheads the Green Knight, but everyone, especially Gawain were surprise to see the Green Knight grab his own head and rides away. After a year passes, Gawain goes out to find the Green Knight, but not without some obstacles. Once he found the Green Knight, they go ahead with the completion of the challenge. The Green knight strikes
During the 3 swings from the axe of the Green Knight, we are able to view several parts of Gawain’s true character. During the first stroke, Gawain flinches and shrinks his shoulders back slightly; clearly fearing the pain his natural instincts tell him accompanies the blade. The Green Knight scoffs at this display of cowardice, exclaiming, “You are not Gawain the glorious, the green man said…and now you flee for fear and have felt no harm” (58. 2270-2272) mocking the brave Gawain’s momentary lack of courage and pointing out the cracks in his character that illustrate his true lack of perfection. During the second stroke, Gawain remains resolute and shows no weakness through the Green Knight’s second feint and Gawain survives the final stroke without so much as a slight nick from the great blade.