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Sir Gawain Stroke Analysis

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letting the fact of him “being judged a failure” get to him. This shows the readers that Sir Gawain perhaps isn’t what he appears to be at the beginning of our story. Once Gawain reaches his destination he then enters the Green chapel where he is then greeted by the Green Knight. When standing face to face the two men wasted no time at all and instead proceeds with the challenge. As the Green Knight takes his first strike at Gawain’s neck with the ax, Gawain looks up at him. He then stops mid-swing to taunt him. “Strike once more; /I shall neither flinch nor flee; /But if my head falls to the floor/There is no mending me!” Gawain states. (249) In the beginning, Gawain showed no sign of fear towards the Green Knight in this first encounter…show more content…
He then reacts by getting up and grabbing his sword pointing it at the Green knight in self-defense. The Green Knight then proceeds to explain to Gawain what each stroke meant. The Green Knight was a part of the game he played with the lord, each stroke represented the three days he stayed at the castle. The first feign signifies the first day of the game. He didn’t strike Gawain because he was honest by giving the lord one kiss. The second feign is the second day where Gawain gave the lord two kisses by remaining honest. While the strike that grazed his neck signifies the last night where he gave the lord the kisses he received but no the green girdle this is where his loyalty falters. However the Green knight find his actions “not cunning, nor courtship either. /But that you loved your own life; less, then, to blame” (250). Because of this last and final statement Gawain admits that he lied by showing the knight the girdle and pleads “behold there my falsehood, ill hap betide it! /…/Now am I faulty and false, that fearful was ever/Of disloyalty and lies,…/and greed./I confess, knight, in this place, Most dire is my misdeed; Let me gain back you good grace,/and thereafter I shall take your heed”(251). Gawain confession reveals the guilt he has retained throughout the scene from accepting the green girdle. Which ultimately lead him to confess his sin to the Green Knight. According to the article “Gawain’s First Failure” that when “Gawain discovers that his deceptive act of taking the girdle to preserve his own life is known to his host that he realizes all of the pride, impetuosity, and duplicity that he has been guilty of” (Weiss). Reviles to us the readers all that this once scene shows about this noble knight and how our first impression of him has truly
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