Essay on Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

1032 Words Nov 20th, 2014 5 Pages
A true knight of the round table was defined by his honor and his ability to be a noble warrior. To be commended in such high prestige, one had to abide by a strict code of ethics. This code of chivalry included perseverance, courage, humility, respect, courtesy, and loyalty. Men who could openly live by these virtues were worthy enough to be held in high esteem by the medieval society. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a newly appointed knight of King Arthur’s court aspires to follow the code and thus reach the pinnacle of his knighthood glory. Although Sir Gawain committed acts that breached the Code of Chivalry, he can still be considered honorable because he wholeheartedly serves his king and proves that he is deserving of distinction as a knight. First of all, Sir Gawain bravely and courteously serves his king by politely requesting to accept the challenge offered by the Green Knight. During a holiday celebration between Arthur and his court, a mysterious, unknown knight enters and peacefully proposes a game to the court, hoping a fellow knight would accept the challenge. The task offered was for a brave knight to strike at the Green Knight’s neck and in return, the Green Knight would return the blow in a year and a day. When none of the knights immediately volunteer for the challenge, King Arthur raises the ax and prepares to strike at the Green Knight. However, Sir Gawain steps in and requests to accept the challenge from the king by saying, “let this…

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