5 December 2011
The Characterization of the Characters of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
In the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight we find unlikely characters who despite their differences of character become friends. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a poem with romance and drama. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a king Arthurian poem that contains all of the elements of a story. It is complete with turmoil and characters that in the end prove to produce a sound friendship. The story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight takes place during the Middle English era at some point in the fourteenth century. The tale is mysterious, magical, and with combat. The tale teaches its readers about courage and keeping a commitment. The beginning of the tale setting takes place on the night of Christmas Eve at King Arthur`s court. Sir Gawain is the protagonist in the tale. Lady Bertilak and the green knight is the antagonist in the tale. The paper will tell how these three characters personalities come together in this tale and affect each other’s life in this tale. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight had many outstanding characters but, the three most predominant are Sir Gawain, King Bertilak`s wife, and the Green Knight.
Sir Gawain is a knight of king Arthur`s roundtable. Sir Gawain is the nephew of King Arthur. Sir Gawain is a loyal knight to King Arthur. Sir Gawain feels like he is the weakest of the knight’s so, when the green knight comes with the challenge of striking each other with axes. “I myself am the weakest, of course, and in wit the most feeble.” (Sir 214). He feels like he should take the challenge because, if he died it would not matter as much as the other knight`s death. “My life would be least missed, if we let out the truth.” (Sir 214). Sir Gawain is a caring person because, he cared about the other knight`s so much to the point where he put his life on the line for the roundtable. He follows the code of chivalry very well and...