Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Analysis

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Sir Gawain and The Green Giant As all old tales entail, the ideal Knight is something that all Men strive to be. Holy, pure, and always loyal to his Kingdom. All mythical heroes or tales from the past share one thing in common. A hero is tested, and we are told the story in order to learn from the trials and tribulations from these great tales. The idea of "Tests" is something that we can see throughout the Story of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. At the beginning of story, We see The Green Knight enter into the Great Hall of Arthur and make a strange demand. He requests to be struck on the neck, and in return, He shall do the same in one year to the one who strikes him. At first, King Arthur himself gets up to do the daunting task. Sir Gawain interrupts and doesn't allow it. He needs to prove himself to the great King. Gawain himself says that the only reason he is honored is because of his shared blood with the King. Gawain states "I am weakest of your warriors and feeblest of wit; loss of my life would be least lamented. Were I not your nephew my life would mean nothing; to be born of your blood is my body's only claim" (193). This action by Sir Gawain shows that he passes his first subtle test, taking initiative under pressure. Who was Gawain trying to impress? It seems he was somewhat forced under the circumstance. Who else but Gawain would step in place of the King, His direct bloodline. Arthur grants Gawain's request to take on the Green Knight's challenge. The Green Knight gets himself into position, and Sir Gawain takes his strike. This is the beginning of the Tests Gawain will go through. This is the test of Valiance, seeing if he can take the responsibility of the pact he has made with the Green Knight. Sir Gawain takes the swing. He is now bound by the pact. The Green Knight's head falls upon the floor, being kicked by the People in the Great Hall who
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