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The knights of this poem center their lives in bravery courtesy and everything in general that chivalry comprises They are virtuous men who honor the five wounds of Christ and the five wits640-642 through the symbol of the pentangle on their armor The worst thing that any of these men can do is act incorrectly which is exactly what the Green Knight intends to make them do This monster is the tool that is used to evoke dishonor from both Gawain and his other fellow Knights His sheer size is meant to make them cower He an imposing creature higher than any in the hall by a head and more333 that attempts to make them show their fear When they will not accept his challenge he calls them beardless boys281 It is also the size and power of the Knight that makes Gawain accept the green girdle from Bertilaks wife This shameful deed is a success of the Green Knight his being evokes this dishonorable act It is also important that the Green Knight is the issuer of the punishment at the end In a sense he plays the role of both God and the Devil at the same time Throughout the poem he has tempted Gawain in every way possible Now however he administers just punishment provides a moral discussion of Gawains successes and failures and finally rewards his honor with a gift that also stands as a lastly memory of the shame
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