Adjustments To Devolopment

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Adjustments to development: Learning from mistakes or failures A knight so devoted to chivalry who is strong to protect his lord and lady can prove to be imperfect when tested of their personal ability and conscience. Sir Gawain, a noble knight, has gained a lot of experience from his journey to meet the Green Knight at the Green Chapel; learning that it was all planned by Morgana Le Fay to prove Gawain's cowardice with the challenge of the Green Knight. He has come to realize his own imperfection, recognizing his own weakness in himself when he decides to play the Green Knight's game.

In the beginning of the poem, a green knight enters King Arthur's home and court; daring anyone to play his game. As no one stands up to try, the green knight begins to mock their reputation, taunting the knights and King Arthur. "What, is this Arthur's house, the honor of which is bruited abroad so abundantly? Has your pride disappeared...Your

victories, your valor, your vaunts, where are they?" The Green Knight laughed loudly, enraging King Arthur as he accepts his challenge, only to be stopped by Gawain, who claims that he should be the one to give the blow. "Before all, King, confide, this fight to me. May it be mine." Here Gawain shows an act of chivalry, his commitment and code of honor. He is loyal to his lord and accepts the challenge to protect Arthur. Not only does he follow the codes of chivalry by doing that, he implies that he should be the one to accept such a task stating that he is the weakest of knights. "I am the weakest, the most wanting in wisdom, I know, and my life, if lost, would be least missed, truly." Gawain displays an act...