(Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, 971-974)
In this exchange, Gawain exudes chivalry and charm. He treats both Bertilak's wife and her attendant with reverence, despite the fact that the latter is described to be a sorrowful sight to behold. A pinnacle of courtesy, Gawain is faced by a veritable moral dilemma when Bertilak's wife puts him to the test to see if he will choice between being discourteous to her or disloyal to her husband.
Heorot and Camelot espouse different male codes of conduct. While they promote certain similar characteristics in their followers, Beowulf values boastfulness, tribal relations and generosity, while the Green Knight places a greater emphasis on humility, feudal relations and courtesy. Interestingly, the protagonists of both tales are represented by their poets as moral ideals whose actions should be emulated for the benefit and progress of