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Romance and Allegory Essay Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is justifiably an allegory An allegory is a narrative constructed by representing general concepts Sin Despair and God as persons Many characters in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight have features that represent general concepts Sir Gawain and the Green Knight can be interpreted allegorically by reviewing the characteristics and features of Gawain the Green Knight the Fair Lady and the events that link the characters together Some of the allegorical features found in the characters are obvious The character Sir Gawain has the most obvious allegorical features within the poem Sir Gawain is more than a knight he represents everyman on a quest During the late 1300s noble men displayed five classical virtues--brotherly love good manners compassion open-mindedness and beneficence One can interpret Gawains imperfectness as everymans sins This idea becomes clear when Gawain states My journey is to judgment surely Gawain represents everyman on a quest because at the end of every quest one receives judgment Each mistake that Gawain makes represents mans sins At the end of Sir Gawains journey to find the Green Knight he is judged by the Green Knight Gawains reply to the Green Knight supports the idea of Gawain facing judgment Met my master on a mountainside where he invested in me the honor and the emblem of an imperfect man In addition this reply by Gawain suggests that the Green Knight represents God The Green Knight represents God in many different ways The first and most obvious feature of God that the Green Knight represents is his judging Sir Gawain Like God the Green Knight sets Gawain out on a journey filled with temptations and challenges The Green Knight tests Gawains courage honor and strength during the three days at the Castle Hautdesert Each day at the castle Gawain faces a temptation the Fair Lady and a challenge the hunt During his stay at the
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