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In the second half of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Gawain is forced to prove his ideals through series of tests given to him by Morgan le Fay even though he is unaware that he is being tested He passes the first two tests but seems fails the third proving that even the most noble of knights has his faults Gawain is forced to face a serious conflict within himself between his desire for self-preservation his courtly obligations and his responsibilities as a knight Throughout the story the author describes Gawain as being the bravest of Arthurs great knights He is the first person to volunteer to accept the Green Knights challenge conveying to the reader that he is certainly the most courageous knight of the round table He is always described as being noble and good Gawain is portrayed as the pinnacle of knighthood chivalrous noble honorable loyal and humble He possesses all of the qualities that a knight should Since Gawain is always so noble and good it comes as quite a shock when he begins to behave in ways that dont follow the code of chivalry that he lives by Gawain first begins to behave in an errant way during the second day he is at the castle The lord has gone out hunting suspiciously leaving Gawain alone with his wife His wife of course is a pawn of Morgan le Fay trying to trick Gawain into betraying his ideals Gawain doesnt know this though and this presents a great conflict to him He has to be courteous and kind to her and deny her advances at the same time He must choose between courtly love and his chivalrous beliefs Courtly love dictates that he should accept an affair with the lady while his oath to the lord will not allow him to do that As a hunt commences outside a hunt begins inside of the bedchamber as well When the
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