Sir Gawain the True Knight Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Sir Gawain the True Knight
A discussion about why Sir Gawain from "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is considered a true knight.
# 61751 | 841 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 23, 2005 in English (Analysis) , Literature (General)

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This paper explains that Sir Gawain is considered to be an ideal knight because he is able to uphold many of the standards that are associated with chivalry and noblemen. Gawain was famous for fellowship, charity, friendship, courtesy, and cleanliness. The writer points out that Gawain also demonstrates his chivalry when he encounters the lord and the lady of the castle. Even in his moment of shame, Gawain exhibits humility and true remorse.

From the Paper:

"We know that Gawain represented the qualities of fellowship, charity, friendship, courtesy, and cleanliness (Gawain 248). These five virtues were "each linked in other" (658) and were of a "force that never failed" (658). One example of Gawain's nobility as a knight can be seen when he offers to fight the Green Knight's in Arthur's place. He believes that the king should not have to risk his life and decides his life can be risked. Here we see how Gawain lives up to the notion that he is "good in works, as gold unalloyed/devoid of all villainy, with virtues adorned in sight" (633-4). Here Gawain is not only described as a virtuous knight but he also behaves like one as well."

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