King Arthur’s court in Camelot. The knights of the Round Table join Arthur in the Christmas celebrations, and Queen Guinevere joins them.
The Green Knight shows up to the castle.
The Green Knight explains his gruesome game, and young Gawain steps up to the Green Knight and accepts his challenge. He is a hero here because he is the only knight that is brave enough to go up and confront the Green Knight.
"Before all, King, confide/ This fight to me. May it be mine" (33.)
Sir Gawain is swinging the ax at the Green Knight getting ready to execute him, with the permission of King Arthur. He is a hero here because he is very chivalrous. He promises that he will receive his blow from the Green Knight in a year.
"Gawain is my name,/ And whatever happens after, I offer you this blow,/ And in twelve months' time I shall take the return blow" (35.)
The Green Knight has just been executed by Gawain, and he is holding his head. He is reminding Gawain that he must own up to chivalry and come find him in a year. He is basically reminding Gawain that he has to be a hero and come own up to his original promise.
" Be prepared to perform what you promised, Gawain;/Seek faithfully till you find me, my fine fellow,/...So come, or else be called coward accordingly!" (38.)
Gawain is thinking about how he must own up to his promise to the Green Knight. He knows that he has to do this in order to own up to chivalry. He knows as well that he will be considered a hero of he goes and finds the Green Knight. It seems like he may have some regret, because he assumes that going after the Green Knight will be sure death.