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Sir Gawain and the Green Girdle The distant effects brought upon by Sir Gawain keeping a Green Girdle are presented in the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight There are several accounts where the main character Sir Gawain fights his inner human nature Gawain is essentially a knight and ultimately a human being that like all human beings fears death A green girdle given to him by a lords lady in the end saves his life However Sir Gawain and his chivalric and courageous decision to wear a magic green girdle is the ultimate cause that leads to his near death experience In order to fully understand the events that lead up to the girdle one must know how Sir Gawain comes to challenge his own life The poem begins with a huge festival and New Years Eve dinner at King Arthurs Court in Camelot Out of nowhere a wondrous stranger dressed entirely in green with a gigantic ax in one hand bursts into the hall While the court stares in stunned silence the Green Knight demands a challenge The challenge constitutes one blow of the ax to the Green Knights head in exchange the volunteer will strike a return blow upon the volunteer in a twelvemonth and a day Eventually Arthur agrees to play and begins to carry the ax up when out of nowhere Gawain speaks out Would you grant me thy grace The court agrees to let Gawain play The Green Knight gives the ax to Sir Gawain then exposes his neck for the blow With one quick motion of the ax the head rolled off the body with blood gush ing from the body bright on the green The Green Knights body picks up the head mounts his horse and charges Sir Gawain Sir Gawain forget not to go as agreed and cease not to seek till me sirThat your neck should have a knock on New
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