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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a Middle English romance poem written byan anonymous West Midlands poet also credited with a lot of other poems written duringthat time The protagonist Sir Gawain survives two tests a challenge which he alonewithout the assistance of King Arthurs knights accepts to behead the fearsome GreenKnight and to let him retaliate a year later at the distant Green Chapel and the temptationto commit adultery with the wife of Lord Bercilak--in reality the Green Knight--in whosecastle he stays in en route to the chapel This story is emblematic of life how it issuestests and challenges and the consequences rendered as a result of failing or succeedingthese challengesSir Gawain is a very symbolic character symbolic in the sense that he representsinnocence in life He was not afraid to accept a challenge because it meant saving thekingdom from the affects of anarchy as a result of not having a king Sir Gawainaccepting the challenge from the Green Knight instantly represented one of the thingsthat knighthood represented fearlessness People accept those kind of challengeseveryday This could possibly be where the term sticking your neck out could havecome from When people accept challenges most do not want to accept theconsequences as a result of being unsuccessful Gawain was not like this When the yearpassed he gallantly mounted his horse and set off for the Green Chapel This showed thatGawain was brave This was preceded by the warning Beware Gawain that you not enda betrayer of your bargain through fearAlong this journey Gawain faces peril and self-reluctance in the form of theelements and the never-ending search for the chapel respectively These feeling can becharacterized as the inner turmoil suffered as a result of dealing with ones conscienceThe journey also tested his faith in the sense that he was constantly in prayer during hisjourney and not once did he curse or renounce the name of God It seems as if theprayers were what kept Gawain
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