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Sir Gawains Fault in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Whats all the fuss about anyway A question of life death and ethics in the 14th Century What happens when a Kantian mind meets a Machievellian body Sir Gawain lied and kept the green girdle so what He wanted to live Is that so wrong From the first time I read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight I have been troubled by the question of whether or not Sir Gawain was right or wrong in lying in order to keep the girdle and save his life He was torn between honesty and his own life The question he was forced to ask himself was what did he value more his honesty or his life Many scholars have struggled with this question for centuries as well as the questions of why Gawain made the decision that he did how guilty he really felt for his actions and what the poet is trying to tell the reader through Gawains ordeal When I was growing up I was told to always be honest I was only grounded twice in my lifetime once for not telling my mom where I went one afternoon and once for telling her a lie I was in Kindergarten and broke a candle dont ask me why or how I blamed it on the cat I couldnt stand the pressure of my mothers intense interrogation that consisted of simply asking me how the cat could possibly brake the candle which was surrounded by a hurricane lamp My guilt was so overwhelming that I broke down and told her the truth Thus I was introduced to the concept of grounding and the importance of honesty I was taught at a young age that the foundation of any relationship is honesty and without it a friendship can only last so long and
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