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The Flaw of the Flawless Man The strict value systems of the early fourteenth century can be seen through the many famous and traditional pieces of literature written by known and also unknown mysterious authors of this time Through these works it is noticeable that specific characteristics such as religious faith trust and confidence must be distinct in a person in order for them to be considered a noble and honorable man or woman The poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight written by an author unknown demonstrates that although a person may hold many great characteristics that are highly recognized as perfect they are human and able to make mistakes Throughout the beginning pieces of the poem Sir Gawains perfection as a honorable knight friend and follower of god is seen Through his many actions of being honest and true to himself and his values of life the reader is forced upon a false opinion of his character Clein 3 There are many incidences in parts one and two of the poem that give readers an unrealistic opinion of Sir Gawain which make him seem unhuman He is expected to be flawless of mistakes and is even related to a precious pearl Gawain 206 As the poem unfolds however Sir Gawains character begins to change and he is portrayed in a different way He is displayed to be more human-like and ability to make mistakes are seen by the readers In part one of the poem the two main characters are introduced along with the roles they play Sir Gawain is introduced as a man who possesses a high status and recognition from the Porco 2 other knights His role as a high great knight is shown through the description of the feast
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