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Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Adjustments to development: Learning from mistakes or failures A knight so devoted to chivalry who is strong to protect his lord and lady can prove to be imperfect when tested of their personal ability and conscience. Sir Gawain, a noble knight, has gained a lot of experience from his journey to meet the Green Knight at the Green Chapel; learning that it was all planned by Morgana Le Fay to prove Gawain?s cowardice with the challenge of the Green Knight. He has come to realize his own imperfection, recognizing his own weakness in himself when he decides to play the Green Knight?s game.In the beginning of the poem, a green knight enters King Arthur?s home and court; daring anyone to play his game. As no one stands up to try, the green knight begins to mock their reputation, taunting the knights and King Arthur. ?What, is this Arthur?s house, the honor of which is bruited abroad so abundantly? Has your pride disappeared...Your victories, your valor, your vaunts, where are they?? The Green Knight laughed loudly, enraging King Arthur as he accepts his challenge, only to be stopped by Gawain, who claims that he should be the one to give the blow. ?Before all, King, confide, this fight to me. May it be mine.? Here Gawain shows an act of chivalry, his commitment and code of honor. He is loyal to his lord and accepts the challenge to protect Arthur. Not only does he follow the codes of chivalry by doing that, he implies that he should be the one to accept such a task stating that he is the weakest of knights. ?I am the weakest, the most wanting in wisdom, I know, and my life, if lost, would be least missed, truly.? Gawain displays an act of chivalry, by showing sincere modesty.Not only do we see Sir Gawain look down upon himself as weak, we are able to see and learn more about him with his visit at a castle, where he stays for the Christmas days ?til he meets his chosen fate. Daily, the Lord?s wife tempts to seduce Gawain and converses with him also giving him the freedom to do as he pleases to her-- ?My young body is yours, do with it what you will; my strong necessities of force me to be your servant still.? Gawain shows courtesy and generosity by accepting her offerings showing another act of knightly chivalry. But has it become an act of dishonesty and pretension, where the truth is never spoken in order to please and be accepted by a lady? He tries to evade the lady?s temptations but is forced to be courteous and polite in accordance to chivalry. Gawain is the very embodiment of chivalric values, yet his encounter with the seductive Lady Bertilak forces a crisis in the chivalric value system: should he honor the requests of the noble lady or remain faithful to his lord? She also gives him a green girdle, saying that it is magic and will protect him from harm. ?No hero under heaven can hack him to pieces, for he cannot be killed by any cunning on earth.? His natural fear of death overcomes his sense of human morality, causing him to accept the green...

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