Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is a medieval romance poem written by an anonymous author. It was written in a dialect from Northern England. The poem uses alliteration similar to the Anglo-Saxon form of poetry. Sir Gawain is one of the major characters in the poem. Sir Gawain represents an ideal knight of the fourteenth century. Throughout the story, we see Sir Gawain portrayed as a very courteous and noble knight, always trying to help King Arthur. The poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells the tale of one of King Arthur’s bravest and noblest knights, Sir Gawain. The author spins this magical tale of heroism and adventure over the course of one year. During this year, the hero Sir Gawain undergoes a serious alteration of character. When the Green Knight enters King Arthur’s court, he sets Sir Gawain’s destiny in motion. Change, especially spiritual transformation, is a common thread running through the poem. In addition, is the case with almost every example of romantic poems and certainly every story concerning King Arthur and the other knights, the characters carefully observe a strict code of chivalry that true knights follow. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Gawain and other knights hold values such as courtesy, loyalty, and honor in high esteem.
The unknown author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight brings to life the character of Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur’s court who saves the life of his king by accepting the challenge of the Green Knight. Throughout his adventures in the story, Gawain discovers, develops, and demonstrates his own chivalric qualities. The chivalric code that Gawain strives to live up to is one of loyalty to his king, Arthur, courage, and courtesy, a code of behavior expected of knights in the Middle Ages. These aspects of the code of chivalry came primarily from traditional warrior values others are Christian additions, aiming for the ideal of a noble, gentlemanly warrior. The...
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