Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Sir Gawain’s Standards of Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines chivalry as the medieval knightly system with its religious, moral, and social code. Sir Gawain, a knight for King Arthur in Pearl Poet’s famous work Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, demonstrates certain standards of chivalry according to the reader. Sir Gawain first portrays these qualities when he remains loyal to King Arthur and accepts The Green Knight’s challenge. Next, Sir Gawain remains honorable to Sir Bertilak by refusing to sleep with his wife, Lady Bertilak, and turning down her request to marry her. Finally, Sir Gawain acts courageously by reporting to The Green Knight a year and a day after accepting his challenge while understanding that The Green Knight will chop off his head. In Sir Gawain and the Green Night, Sir Gawain fulfills the chivalric standards of loyalty, honor, and courage throughout the challenges he faces throughout the story. Loyalty is a chivalric quality that is defined a feeling of strong support for someone or something. Sir Gawain fulfills the chivalric standard of loyalty to King Arthur when Sir Gawain accepts the challenge extended by The Green Knight. The feeling of strong support that Sir Gawain shows to King Arthur begins when The Green Knight enters a festival hosted by King Arthur on Christmas Day. The Green Knight extends a challenge to everyone at the festival explaining that one of them can chop his head off at the moment…

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