The author of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight's" view on chvialry.

Essay by helpinghand1187High School, 12th gradeA-, October 2005

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In my reading, I believe that the unknown author finds chivalry a very positive feature. He seemed to find honor, respect, edicate, and other traits a great way of life. However, in my opinion, this man believed that these traits are just sometimes unattainable since we're human. In reading "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", it also appears that the author believed your life is above the value of everything.

First, a noticeable example of this was the typical behavior Sir Gawain. He seemed to abide by every code ever written in chivalry. He was brave, courageous, and a gentleman. He even stood up for his own king and took on the daring challenge of beheading a giant. He also detested being called a coward, especially since he believed he is a very brave soldier. Another trait of Gawains devotion to chivalry is Gawain living up to his word and faceing the giant on New Years for his date to be be-headed.

Second, was his respect of the home he stayed in. As often as the Kings beautiful wife tried to seduce him, Gawain wouldn't give in. His respect and loyalty to the king shows again that he attempts to fulfill the code of chivalry. He's polite, caring, honest, and fulfills the king's wishes of giving him whatever the king's wife gave Gawain. However, this is where Gawain's chivalry falters.

Sir Gawain is only human. He can't help that he fears death. So, as each day is drawing closer to his be-heading, he becomes increasingly desperate. When there was less then twenty-four hours before Gawains beheading, he is given a magical sash. According to the kings wife whoever wears the sash is protected from death. As Gawain sees this as an opportunity to escape death, he takes...