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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight starts out in at a New Years feast in King Arthurs court in Camelot A man known only as the Green Knight comes and challenges the court to a game Any knight can chop off his head as long as he gets to do the same in one years time Arthur accepts the challenge when Sir Gawain steps in and takes his place Gawain chops of the mans head as he turns and picks it up and tells Gawain that he will see him in a years time On his way to meet the Green Knight Gawain meets up with some obstacles before going before the knight Through his actions Sir Gawain is a martyr One aspect of being a martyr is to be modest He first exhibits modesty when he takes the offer of the Green Knight as he states I am the slightest the dullest of them all My life the least my death no loss - My only worth is you my royal Uncle all my virtue is through you His modesty is shown again when dealing with the Lady of the castle as she tries to make advances to him He countered her by saying How lucky I am Lady not to be the knight you speak of To take that kind of honor for my own would be sinful I know myself too well The Lady also exploits this trait of Gawains She knows that he has a desire and obligation to be polite and courteous So when she makes her advances he doesnt know what to do Urged him so near the limit he needed either to take her love or boorishly turn her away To offend like a boor was bad enough to fall in sin would be worse betraying the lord of that house His modesty also stems from his relationship with Go d Gawains dedication to god is also a
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