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Test of Gawains ChivalryLoyalty courage honor purity and courtesy are all attributes of a knight that displays chivalry Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is truly a story of the test of these attributes In order to have a true test of these attributes there must first be a knight worthy of being tested meaning that the knight must possess chivalric attributes to begin with Sir Gawain is self admittedly not the best knight around He says I am the weakest well I know and of wit feeblest and the loss of my life will be least of any Sir Gawain l 354-355 To continue on testing a knight that does not seem worthy certainly will not result in much of a story or in establishing a theme Through the use of symbols the author of Sir Gawain is able to show that Gawain possesses the necessary attributes to make him worthy of being tested He also uses symbols throughout the tests of each individual attribute and in revealing where Gawain s fault lies The effective use of these symbols enables the author to integrate the test of each individual attribute into a central theme or rather one overall test the test of chivalry To establish the knight as worthy the author first shows Gawain s loyalty to his king The Green Knight challenges anyone in the hall to the beheading game and no one takes him up on it Arthur angered by the Green Knight s taunting is about to accept the challenge himself when Gawain steps in saying would you grant me this grace Sir Gawain l 343 and takes the ax from Arthur This is a very convenient way for the author to introduce Gawain and also to show Gawain s loyalty to Arthur but it seems almost too convenient There is an entire hall full of knights why does Gawain alone step up Why is it that a superior knight
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