Character Analysis Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a poem that tells the story of one of King Arthur’s knights, Sir Gawain. He is one of the noblest and brave of all of Arthur's knights. The poet who is unknown depicts this magical tale of heroism and adventure. During the story, the main character, Sir Gawain undergoes a serious transformation of his character. Bertilak enters King Arthur’s court as the green knight, a mysterious and mythical character. Sir Gawain’s story of that change is put in motion. Change, and specifically transformation happens throughout the poem. Bertilak is almost Godlike, and Bertilak is who helps to create Sir Gawain’s transformation, through which he becomes more like Christ.

Throughout Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the poet portrays Bertilak as having some Godlike qualities. In the first part, the court observes that the Green Knight is larger than life, and has some supernatural traits. Although his appearance is powerful and frightening, he also seems majestic, awesome, and beautiful. There is a lengthy description of his finery and magnificent armor (l. 151-220). The Green Knight’s decapitation and survival symbolize his godlike immortality (l. 421-439). After Sir Gawain rises to the Green Knight’s challenge, he must uphold his honor by fulfilling the promise that he would seek him out in one year’s time, and receive a blow from his magical opponent (l. 294-300). In order to do this, however, Gawain faces a long and tedious journey
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