The Knight's Journey In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Will Wagner Weis Period 4 9/16/2017 Sir Gawain and his Journey In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the hero, that is a knight of the round table under the name of Sir Gawain is challenged, accepts the challenge, and then gains the honor and clout that he set out to gain. Sir Gawain is one of Arthur's most well known and liked Knights because of his uncanny ability to do the right thing. As the start of Gawain’s journey, he is called to action by the Green Knight. While at King Arthur’s round table, Arthur says that he will not eat until something interesting happened. Here is where the the Green Knight exclaiming “Where is the lord of this company?”. The Green Knight wanted to play a “Christmas Sport” to give a blow and take a blow. “I’ll…show more content…
During his journey, Gawain faced challenges such as the rough winter conditions to temptations to commit infidelity. The cold winter nights were not pleasant, this became present when the narrator says, “Fighting was hard, but the foul winter was worse, so cold that rain froze before it could fall to earth; sleeping in armor, sleet came close to killing him, lying on open rock where icy rivers charging in from the mountains.” (726-739) As this was the coldest part of the year, and he was in his armor, there were no towns that he could stop into and sleep, so he had to sleep in the wilderness in rough conditions. “He prayed to Mary to end his grief to guide his weary steps to relief.” meaning that Mary, helped him through his journey. Once Gawain made it to the Green Temple, he meets Morgan Le Fay, and she seduced Gawain to try to commit infidelity. The Narrator explains that she was no normal woman, “She was the loveliest on earth in complexion and features.” (942-944) Guinevere (Gawain’s Wife), is known as the most perfect woman and the fairest in the land and Morgan is more beautiful and tempts Gawain. Morgan attempts to seduce Gawain while the Green Knight is out hunting, even saying “you are welcome to my body.” No real journey is without challenges big or small and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is no…show more content…
As a part of his acceptance, Gawain says “I’ll keep it, gladly, not for its gold, nor its lovely silk, nor its polished stones. But as a sign of my sin.” (2430-2431) This a major point in this story because Gawain acquired the belt from Morgan, and in the agreement from the Green Knight, Gawain accepted to return everything he had received to the Green Knight and he returned the kisses from Morgan, who was the Green Knight’s wife but did not return the belt. Gawain returns to King Arthur’s court sheepish and ashamed that has failed a test of honor by withholding the green belt from the Green Knight out of a want to save his own life. “My lord,” said Gawain, lifting the belt, “This band and the nick on my neck are one and the same, the blame and the lass I suffered for my cowardice, the greed that came to my soul.” (2505-2509). He explains to the whole court that he plans to wear the belt as a reminder of his sin, because "A man may hide his misdeed, but never erase it, for where once it takes root the stain can never be lifted."
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