Why Does The Gawain Poet?

2057 Words Mar 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Given all the benefits of living and staying inside a court, such as King Arthur’s, why does the Gawain poet focus on the idea of leaving this safe haven in order to become a better individual. If these 13th century courts were portrayed as the most noble, and finest in the land, why would one ever have to leave. By introducing a mystical Green Knight into Arthur’s court, who challenges the best knight to a game involving twists, turns, and the chivalric code, the Gawain poet reveals the problems choosing to remain put, safe in a single confined court, refusing to experience the outside world. Gawain, who self identifies as a lesser known knight, in choosing to play the Green Knights game, is forced to depart from Camelot. But in doing so he not only learns how to become a true knight, but this journey of knighthood develops him into a more experienced knight then those who have never left the safe haven of Camelot. Early in the text we are introduced to the Arthurian court, the text reads “King Arthur’s Court where the great and the good of the land had gathered…. the most chivalrous and courteous knights known to Christendom; the most wonderful women to have walked in this world.” (Gawain, ll. 38-39,50-52) The ruler of this court was King Arthur, a great warrior known for defending Britain from the Saxons, who is also introduced in the highest regard, the text reads “But most regal of rulers in the royal line was Arthur, who I head is honored above all.” (Gawain, ll.…
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