A Literary Analysis Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride”. We all as humans strive to focus on our wishes and work hard to complete our goals. Our temptations directly affect most of our actions in our daily activities of life. Being a slave to these desires is an emblem of our human nature. Some of these wishes and desires remain our wishes for our entire life while some are just impulses which do not need to be satisfied. Control of mind is something not everyone can achieve but in this poem Sir Gawain has tried hard not to give in and stay loyal to his chivalric code. Thus, my main focus for the literary analysis of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” will be the temptations of Sir Gawain versus his moral values of loyalty.
Sir Gawain was an excellent knight, described by our poet. He was
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(quoted in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, edited and translated by James Winny 1770)
Gawain felt it very exhausting to control himself from giving in to his desire of pleasure. For quite a while he maintained his loyalty towards his chivalric code as he follows the rule of conduct implemented by his host. He returned what he received and stayed loyal to his values. The lady attempted several times to make Gawain loose to his urges but for the most part he retained his chivalric code. In this poem, by mentioning the struggle of Gawain the poet has depicted the true nature of human beings. In addition, Gawain and his perplexities in 16th century are still relevant in this century period.
However, he lost his battle when he lied to the Knight of the castle and broke the rule of conduct. Gawain failed to return the green belt, he received from the lady, to her husband. This was where his weakness came into light in front of the

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