Honesty is always the Best Policy!
“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” written by an Unknown author is truly a tale of a hero on an epic journey in order to find himself. When Sir Gawain is first introduced you view him as an insignificant part of King Arthur, and his knight’s of the round table. Sir Gawain is chivalrous and a truly great character who is concerned about protecting, and promoting his honor as a knight. Therefor he sought out the journey in the first place to prove himself worthy of being one of the knight’s of the round table, and as the story goes along you find him to be a well-mannered knight. However, because he is ashamed he took the girdle from Bertilak’s wife, he suppresses the information from the host. This omission of the truth violates the rules of the game the two men established, and agreed upon; which tarnishes Sir Gawain’s character slightly in the eyes of the reader. The tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is not only a tale of an epic hero out to discover himself as a man, but a true life lesson about how honesty is always is the best choice in the end.
“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is a good example of bildungsroman or “coming of age”. You see this as he goes through certain steps in his journey to find the Green Knight. His first test is when he steps up to play the game with the Green Knight because he sees himself as the “inferior knight” in comparison to all the rest of the knights. “I am the weakest, I know, and the dullest-minded, So my death would be the least loss, if truth should be told; Only because you are my uncle I am to be praised, No virtue I know in myself, but your blood” (354-357). So here he’s basically telling King Arthur that his death in the end would be the least loss to him, but there’s underlying meaning here because he really took the mission to prove himself. Or maybe it was because he wanted to save King Arthur and his knights from taking the mission upon themselves that’s what you’ll...
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