Sir Galame and the Green Knight

Sir Galame and the Green Knight

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  • The Green Knight challenges King Arthur with an interesting proposal. They are each allowed one swing of an axe to the other's neck. The Green Knight does not wish for a duel, only this challenge.
  • "Now if you are truly as bold as the people all say, you will grant me gladly the little game that I ask as my right" (lines 54-56).
  • Sir Gawain steps in, volunteering to take King Arthur's place in the challenge. His reasoning for this is that he is the weakest of the round table. He claims that no one will miss him. King Arthur accepts Gawain's request. 
  • "I beseech you, Sire. Let this game be mine" (line 121-124).
  • Sir Gawain travels to a castle. Unknowingly, Gawain enters the Green Knight's castle. Gawain (still unaware of whom he is talking to) agrees to bestow upon the Green Knight gifts he is given in exchange for shelter.
  • "As the end of the year approaches, Gawain leaves on his quest to find the Green Chapel and fulfill his pledge" (216).
  • The Green Knight's wife attempts to seduce Sir Gawain with kisses and gifts. Gawain follows his promise for the first two kisses. On the third night, Gawain takes a sash from the Knight's wife which he does not give to the Green Knight.
  • "While the lord is out hunting, the lady attempts to seduce Gawain" (216). 
  • Sir Gawain faces the Green Knight. He flinches at first, but eventually gets himself together, prepared to take a hit from the axe. The Green Knight strikes and Gawain is cut, but not killed. The Knight reveals that he told his wife to test Gawain, and he knew of the sash.
  • "For look how you flinch for fear before anything's felt" (line 264). 
  • "Since now you're confessed so clean, acknowledging sins and bearing the plain penance of my point; I consider you polished as white and as perfectly clean as if you have never fallen since first you were born" (lines 383-386).
  • The Green Knight forgives Gawain for dishonoring the chivalric code since his life was at stake. Gawain also felt extreme remorse for his dishonor. Gawain and the Green Knight embrace and part ways.
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