Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Character Analysis

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Hollis, Stephanie J. “The Pentangle Knight: ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’”. The Chaucer Review, Vol. 15, No. 3 (Winter, 1981): 267-281. Accessed November 20, 2017. http://0-www.jstor.org.library.hillsdale.edu/stable/pdf/25093761.pdf The thesis of Hollis is that Gawain holds himself to the reputation of a perfect knight, but his quest causes Gawain to add some negative attributes to his name in order to maintain his limited view of himself (268). She looks at the actions of Gawain in multiple scenes to show how he only blames his actions on outside circumstances to maintain his name (270-79). Hollis begins to describe Gawain as a perfect knight whose virtues are integral to his armor and falls into temptation only by outside threats (268). She analyzes the scene where Gawain explains what happened to him and the Green Knight to show how Gawain understands “cowardice” and “covetousness” are unconnected to his true nature (271). This scene outlines the main argument of Hollis because it represents a perfect knight tempted by things outside of his control. Then, Hollis illustrates how important Gawain’s perfect identity is to his reputation during the arming scene, his confession to the Green Knight, and the Green Knight’s restoration (274-276). This analysis enhances her thesis because she shows that Gawain does not fully acknowledge his failing and instead pushes it underneath his perfect armor to protect his character (278-79). Hollis’s argument is very complex with
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