Gawain and the Green Knight
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An in-depth look the character Sir Gawain from the Medieval English romance ""Sir Gawain and the Green Knight". The text is written in verse by an anonymous author and consists of three separate stories with the same character, Sir Gawain. Nobility has its upside and its downsides; both are shown through his character. The paper gives an insight into how hard Gawain tries to be as perfect as possible. He maintains high standards for himself. He prides himself on his using of the five points of chivalry in every aspect of his life: Piety, humility, loyalty, integrity and honesty. According to the paper his main flaw proves to be that he loves his own life so much that he will lie in order to protect himself. The paper concludes that though he ends his quest, Gawain appears at the end of the poem as a humbled man who realizes his own faults and must live with the fact that he will never achieve his own high standards.
From the Paper:"Sir Gawain is the nephew of King Arthur's and one of his most loyal knights. Gawain has the reputation of being a great knight and courtly lover. He prides himself on his using of the five points of chivalry in every aspect of his life. Gawain is a follower of piety, humility, loyalty, integrity and honesty. His only flaw proves to be that he loves his own life so much that he will lie in order to protect himself. With the eyes of numerous characters in the poem, we can see Gawain as a noble knight who is crazy about chivalry; he is loyal, honest and most of all - courteous. With the progress of the story we discover Gawain depend on a huge number of tests of character, known and even some unknown. These tests gives us a possiblity to discover Gawain's character and his ways of problemsolving. Throughout the inconviniances and troubles he met on his way, the author allows us to understand the way Gawain is thinking, and we see that he sometimes works hard to be loyal and courteous. These scenes give us insight into how hard he tries to be as perfect as possible, Gawain kept himself on a high standards."
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