Sir Gawain vs. Knight of Wife's Tale

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Sir Gawain vs. Knight from Wife’s Tale

Many different types of literature are present during the Medieval Period. A popular type of literature during this period is a romance. These stories are not tales of love like what one would think a romance is today. These are tales of knights that are usually on a quest for a woman he loves. These knights also encounter a supernatural element. Two examples of romances during this period are “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” and the “Wife of Bath’s Tale.” Although they are romances, they are different in many ways. The knights from these stories are alike in many ways. Both of the knights from the stories are on a quest. Sir Gawain is on a quest to prove himself as a knight. He is one of King Arthur’s knights and believes he is only there because he is Arthur’s nephew. The knight from the “Wife of Bath’s Tale”, however, is on a quest to save his life. Both men have the same time, a year and a day, to complete their quests. Both knights have things work out for them in the end. Sir Gawain does not have his head chopped off; instead he has a feast with his opponent. The knight in the other tale finally gives in and gives his wife control of the relationship; she turns into a beautiful young woman, exactly what he wanted. These knights, in some ways, are very similar.

Although these knights have many things in common, they are different in many ways.Sir Gawain almost follows the code of chivalry perfectly. His only error is that he flinches before the green knight finishes his blow to Sir Gawain’s neck. He shows, for least than a second, that he is not brave. The conduct of the knight in the “Wife of Bath’s Tale” is not as good as Sir Gawain’s conduct. He breaks at least two codes of chivalry. While he rapes the woman in the court, he breaks the piety code and the code that says he must be
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