The descriptions of setting in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are included with the purpose of highlighting the difference between the natural and built environments as well as highlighting that as Sir Gawain moves further from the built environment it becomes increasingly difficult to remain courteous. Gawain has cleverly chosen his most courteous words to release Arthur from this predicament and restore the reputation of the knights of the Round Table. Honor all those above your station 6. King Arthur Arthur plays a small role in the poem, functioning primarily as the figurehead of Camelot, the epitome of chivalric society. Indeed, much of Gawain's virtue rests in his religious piety, from which he gains the strength to endure his ordeals. Later in the story, Green Knight punishes Sir Gawain for his flaw, his dread of death.
This odd proposal must have puzzled Sir Gawain, yet as a good guest, he agrees. He has appeared to many Questing Knights throughout history, who subsequently spoke of the sky clouding over with the darkness of twilight and a green mist seeping from the earth, slowly taking the shape of a figure riding a snorting steed. In this tradition, a kind of Jack in the green known as the Garland King is led through the town on a horse, wearing a bell-shaped of flowers that covers his entire upper body, and followed by young girls dressed in white, who dance at various points along the route formerly the town's bellringers, who still make the garland, also performed this role. At Bercilak's castle, Gawain is submitted to tests of his and , wherein Bercilak sends his wife to seduce Gawain and arranges that each time Bercilak gains prey in hunting, or Gawain any gift in the castle, each shall exchange his gain for the other's. Sir Gawain is Arthur's nephew and one of his chief knights, and many stories of Arthurian legend revolve around Gawain and his relationship to Arthur. He is also the youngest of the knights of the Round Table. By the end of the poem, we sense that we have come to know Gawain and have ventured a peek at his human side.
Several specific traits of the Green Knight should be noted in this light. For what reasons does Bertilak draw the attention of readers? Fitt I and the Romance Genre: From the very beginning, Fitt I corresponds with expected conventions of the romance genre. His physical actions are always devoted to the outmost servitude at least in the stories to the king, his honor and his country. Norton, 250 It doesn't matter to Gawain that the Green Knight forgives him or understands why he did what he did. People mourn as he leaves, for he is known for his deeds of valor and chivalry. We learn that Arthur does not like to begin his feasts until he has heard a great tale or witnessed a great marvel. He is also the father of Galahad, born from his union with Elaine, daughter of King Pelles, who tricked him into sleeping with her.
We see him in two different guises: first as the Green Knight who bursts into Arthur's court to issue a beheading challenge, and secondly as the generous, noble, though somewhat mischievous lord who hosts Gawain in the days before the New Year. In various situations this ability proved to be most useful. Considerable detail is lavished on the stranger's physical appearance, down to the ornamental knots in the mane of his horse. Gawain's journey leads him directly into the centre of the Pearl Poet's dialect region, where the candidates for the locations of the Castle at Hautdesert and the Green Chapel stand. We know he remains true until his fear of death overcomes him. Despite all that has happened, Gawain is still a loyal, noble, honest and courteous knight.
In one tale, he is propelled to adventure by Sir Gawain, and saves a lion from a serpent and is later befriended by the lion. But in the same time, this 'righteousness' shows his absence of desire for an occasional revolt and contribution to thought; such 'righteousness' was, perhaps, taught to medieval knights in order to create an army of obedient toy soldiers. He then reveals that he is Bercilak, and that had given him the double identity to test Gawain and Arthur. Green can be considered in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as signifying a transformation from good to evil and back again; displaying both the spoiling and regenerative connotations of the colour. Understandably, the knights are caught off guard. His green color, enormous size, and apparent immortality indicate his Otherworldliness; he seems allied with Nature in all its furious, regenerative grandeur.
Even King Arthur is not sure whether or not he should accept, but after the Green Knight mocks him, he agrees. Through the eyes of numerous characters in the poem, we see Gawain as a noble knight who is the epitome of chivalry; he is loyal, honest and above all, courteous. An unknown test is perhaps the best test there is, since the individual cannot prepare for it. Units within range of both the Lord's aura and an encouraging unit will receive the larger of the two bonuses. The Turk, surviving, then praises Gawain and showers him with gifts. Gawain's righteous behavior, make him a noble hero with honorable intentions, based on the author's and other character's opinions of him.
Morgan le Faye - The Arthurian tradition typically portrays Morgan as a powerful sorceress, trained by Merlin, as well as the half sister of King Arthur. A poet this skilled in description would surely be able to exalt Arthur and his court in a less simplistic manner. Summary Imagine sitting around a huge, round, stone table with your closest friends. Because Gawain repents of his sin in such an honorable manner, his one indiscretion in the poem actually ends up being an example of his basic goodness. The Arthurian characters of Gawain appear in many other stories, including Ywain and Gawain and The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle. After the first game, the Lord decides to extend it, at which time they will follow the same rules as before. As the story progresses, Gawain is subjected to a number of tests of character, some known and some unknown.
Sir Gawain learns that his natural self is not courteous, but at his very core, he places his life above all else, including the values of the court and it is only in this natural setting where this realization could take place. Modern depictions of Camelot have characterized it as an ideal place. This failure is certainly understandable from a human perspective, and the Green Knight pardons Gawain after wounding him in an exchange stroke. Among all these stories, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the only one with a completely green character, and the only one tying to his transformation. The Green Knight is not just a character with magical abilities, for he represents some of the most coveted human qualities—a friendly, well-rehearsed response to almost every situation and a strong desire to maintain the chivalric duties of society.