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During the 14th century chivalry was in a decline due to drastic social and economic changes Feudalism along with chivalry will fall for many reasons but the author of Gawain blames the fall on the loss of religious values within the knights The author uses women in the story as the main instrument to reinforce feudalism for example Lady Bertilak and The Virgin Mary are used to contrast the good and evil that a knight has to face courtly and spiritual love With this women are weakening the religious values behind chivalry with their temptations towards sin and the author warns the audience that the loss of religious values behind chivalry will lead to its ultimate destruction Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a romantic celebration of chivalry The original thoughts of chivalry were Christian values such as poverty chastity service to God and all crusades that were taken by knights were to prove their faith in God But as time went on to the 14th century knights began to lead their great deeds by devotion to a mistress rather than their God Men began to gain desire for the flesh of another rather then for the protection of their souls The author shows that woman can be used as a message to show the Churchs mistrust of women The author always portrays the evil women but tends to show that the Virgin Mary always comes out on top and chivalry will live on because good defeats evil Mary representing the good is prayed to by Gawain and in turn she gives him the help to be strong and survive She obtained her goodness by being the only woman who ever achieved motherhood while maintaining
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