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Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

1125 words - 5 pages

The Battle for Courage and Honesty
The story begins during the New Year's feast in King Arthur's court. Then a green knight enters asking all of the knights in the court if they would like to play a game. The game is he will allow which ever knight that chooses to challenge him one swing with a battle ax to try and chop off his head, but in order to play the game, the accepting knight must meet the green knight one year later at the green chapel. The brave knight Sir Gawain accepts to the challenge of the green knight. Sir Gawain takes one swing and chops off the head of the green knight. Right after the green knight's head is chopped off he gets up immediately, picks up his head and ...view middle of the document...

Afterwards the lord asked Gawain to come back to the castle to celebrate, but Gawain said I must return at once to Arthur's court.

Throughout this whole poem there are quite a number of knightly virtues that Sir Gawain demonstrates such as bravery, courage, courtesy, and honesty. The first knightly virtue that Sir Gawain demonstrates in the story "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is bravery. The way in which Sir Gawain demonstrates bravery is when the green knight says to Gawain (pg.81, line-2274) “Did I flinch, or flee from you when your blow felled me?” (pg.81, lines-2280 & 2281) Gawain replied: “Enough! I won't flinch when you hack!” This shows bravery, because the second time the green knight swung to chop off his head (another miss) Gawain didn't flinch a bit. Even though Gawain knew he wasn't going to be picking up his head, it still took a lot of bravery to just stand there and remain still while you got this big green knight getting ready to swing at you with a battle ax. The second knightly virtue that Sir Gawain demonstrates in the story "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is courage. The way in which Sir Gawain demonstrates courage is when the lord leaves him and is telling Gawain that the knight of the Green Chapel is fierce and deadly, and that he kills every man he meets. He also tells Gawain that he will swear not to say a word about what happened, Gawain thanks him and tells him that he must be brave and continue on with his quest. As the lord is leaving Gawain, (pg.71, line- 2156) Gawain says, “I'll neither groan nor weep.” This shows courage in Gawain, because after all of these things that the lord was telling him, he put it all aside and built up the courage to continue on his quest and face the green knight. Another demonstration of courage is when Gawain faces the green knight in the beginning of the story also. The third knightly virtue that Sir Gawain...

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