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Survey of English literature The nature and the purpose if the quest in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 26 January 2000 The Changing Nature of the Quest Endevour for Perfection Sir Gawain and The Green Knight is a description of a seeking that was taken by Sir Gawain one of the knights of the Round Table The quest itself has few major parts where hero is being called tested along the way and at the end he returns Indeed Sir Gawain the hero is on the journey of adventure with the explicit purpose to uphold the code of chivalry The violation of the code would mean a loss of honour Still while following the hero on his odyssey from Camelot to the Green Chapel the real nature of the quest and some other implicit purposes nonetheless important are becoming visible Apart from heroism and with evident human concerns Sir Gawain is a hero but also a human in strives for perfection The standards of perfection are set by the Church and the King and apparently the highest one is set by Gawain himself Under these influences the quest is being shaped and turned from heroic towards the spiritual type with the clear purpose to maintain the ideals Surely the main purpose of Sir Gawains journey is presented at the very same beginning whereas he of all beardless children 240 accepts the challenge to exchange blows with the unexpected green guest in a year and the days time Gawain modestly points out that My body but for your blood is barren of worth -and for that this folly befits not a king - And tis I that have asked it it ought to be mine 241 Therefore in order to obtain the code of chivalry exercising the courage and loyalty towards King Gawain is set on the quest But it is also important for Gawain to fulfil his oath for if
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