Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Temptation exists everywhere and for everyone, yet for everyone temptation exists in oddly different ways. For some temptation could be that delicious ice cream cone on a hot summer afternoon, conveniently while dieting. For others temptation could exist in a six-pack of beer or bottle of liquor. The point is anything could be a temptation to someone. However, for Gawain in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight temptation existed around every corner while he was playing the game of the Green Knight. Temptation existed every day and each day it existed in a new way. Gawain never knew what was coming his way throughout the grand scheme of the game, but one thing was for certain he was being tested. Without his reliance religious faith and dedication to his reputation, Gawain would not have been able to make it through the game of the Green Knight alive and resist the temptations put in his path. Temptation was a huge part of the Green Knights game with Gawain, but because of his impeccable reputation Gawain was able to resist the temptation put before him the majority of the time. The whole game starts when the Green Knight shows up at the King Arthur’s holiday feast and presents a challenge to the Knights of the Round Table. At first no one accepts the Green Knight’s challenge, but finally Gawain steps up although he is the “weakest of warriors and feeblest of wit” because he feels that “the loss of his life would be least lamented” (Gawain 354-355). Gawain also felt he was less
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