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In the Epic poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the unnamed author uses Sir Gawain to illustrate the heroic ideals of chivalry loyalty and honesty in fourteenth century England The poem depicts the society of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table In the poem Gawain is the ideal of virtue and all that is good Throughout the poem however his character is constantly tested and his integrity is compromised In the end Gawain proves that although he is fallible he is an honest and chivalrous man of heroic stature The poem begins on New Years Eve in Camelot during a huge dinner celebration Amid the festivities a huge man on horseback dressed entirely in green gallops into the hall Arrogantly he issues a challenge to everyone at the feast for someone to come forward and strike him with his axe The Green Knight promises to award his allegiance and his axe on the condition that in a year from then the challenger should also receive the same single blow of the axe in return Sir Gawain stands up and asks to be granted the challenge on behalf of the king Such a courageous and noble act defines the character of Sir Gawain After almost a year has passed Gawain has not forgotten the Green Knight or his promise He then arms himself and leaves Camelot Upon his departure he travels for many arduous days until finally reaching a castle in which he is taken in as a guest His host is most welcoming and hospitable to Gawain During his stay at this castle Gawain is repeatedly tested The wife of his host constantly tries to convince Gawain into having an affair with her Due to Sir Gawains great character he politely declines Though she cannot tempt him with herself she is able to break his moral purity by convincing him to accept a gift that could protect his life against the
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