Analysis of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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The poem begins with the Green Knight’s sudden arrival and his declaration of his proposition: a knight may strike him, and then a year and one day from then he will return the blow. This tale is most well-known for dealing with the themes of a knight’s code of chivalry, loyalty, resisting temptation, and keeping one’s word. While the whole poem is full of great lines that beautifully deliver the message, one of the best passages come at the end of the poem after Sir Gawain has managed to survive his second encounter with the Green Knight. This passage perfectly encompasses the various themes of the poem, as it deals with all of the trials Gawain has faced up until that point and also explains how he deals with the shame he feels for surviving the game in the way he did.
“But no wonder if a fool finds his way into folly and be wiped of his wits by womanly guile- it’s the way of the world. Adam fell because of a woman, and Soloman because of several, and as for Samson,
Delilah was his downfall, and afterwards David was bamboozled by Bathsheba and bore the grief.
All wrecked and ruined by their wrongs; if only we could love our ladies without believing their lies.
And those were foremost of all whom fortune favored, excellent beyond all other existing under heaven.”
Out of all the lines in “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” this…
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