Sir Gawain exhibits his generosity from the start of the poem by volunteering to hack the Green Knight's head off with an axe. He makes this decision because King Arthur does not (Cathell, 2014). Even though he is aware that the repercussions of his actions would be harsh, he is willing to face them.
Another example of his generosity is seen when he gives up his own seat at the table to Lady Enid. Although she is his cousin, he feels sorry for her because she was recently married to Kay and has no knowledge of his deeds. He decides to let her sit next to him so that she will not feel alone since everyone else at the table is angry with her husband for kidnapping him!
Finally, Sir Gawain's generosity is shown through his acts of kindness. After saving Piers from being executed by the Knights of the Round Table, he realizes that he should not have taken on their duties himself. So instead of asking for compensation, he offers to work as a servant to the king. Later on, he volunteers to fight the Green Knight again even though he knows it will be his death.
These are just some of the many examples of how Sir Gawain shows his generosity. As you can see, he is a kind and thoughtful man who wants to help others. He is a great knight and it is our duty to follow his example.
In outlining how his "pentangle," or five-pointed star, symbolizes charity, civility, piety, chastity, and chivalry, the poet illustrates how Gawain matches the ideal of the heroic knight. He is also the most daring member of King Arthur's court, and the only one eager to face the powerful Green Knight. During their trial by combat, Gawain shows outstanding courage and skill with sword and lance, defeating his opponent easily.
Gawain is a major character in the Matter of England series of medieval novels written by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. The story begins when the young prince seeks him out to teach him swordplay because he wants to be able to defend his kingdom from invasion. Over the years, they become good friends, and Gawain helps the prince deal with his many problems including a wife he doesn't love and several children he dotes on too much.
In the final book of the series, Gawain plays an important role in preventing another war between England and France. He travels back in time to ensure that King Arthur kills the French king before he meets his own death at the hands of the evil Morgause. After Arthur's death, Gawain leads England through 10 years of peace negotiations with France. When he sees how much Queen Guenevere loves her husband, he decides not to go back in time again but to stay with the queen as her husband.
The narrative is about Sir Gawain, one of King Arthur's knights, and the mysterious Green Knight, as the poem's title indicates. Between the two characters are aspects of chivalric romance such as knightly acts, seduction and temptation, and untamed settings. The poem also alludes to historical events such as the Battle of Hastings.
Gawain is described as a "knight of royal blood" and he holds court each day at Camelot with his fellow knights. When the Green Knight appears at his camp, he begins to test Gawain by putting him through challenges that force him to use his skills as a warrior. As they fight, it becomes clear that the Green Knight is no ordinary man and he wins every battle they engage in.
Eventually, Gawain defeats the Green Knight but does not kill him because he wants to know his identity. He learns that the Green Knight is a prisoner who has been locked up for killing his previous master. Before being released, the Green Knight tells Gawain that there is only one place he can go to find peace: the Castle of Maidens. Intrigued, Gawain sets out to visit the castle but when he arrives there are no women living there; instead, there are seven green towers with missing windows. The only thing left behind is a bloody sword.
This image captures the mood of the poem perfectly: excitement followed by disappointment.
Rather than feeling himself to be worthy or the best suited to accept the Green Knight's challenge, Gawain accepts the Green Knight's challenge only to save King Arthur from having to do it himself. Gawain is the most experienced knight at court and knows that he will be held responsible if Arthur fails to uphold his vow. Thus, he feels compelled to take on the task.
Gawain believes he is the best qualified to deal with the Green Knight because he has fought many battles over the years and was once declared the greatest knight in the world. He also remembers the Green Knight saying that he had been waiting for someone like Gawain who was bold enough to claim him as their own before leaving them with this task. Finally, Gawain admits that he is afraid of the Green Knight but believes that if anyone can overcome their fear, it is he.
Thus, Gawain considers himself to be the best qualified to fight the Green Knight because he has experience fighting enmity with another party (the Green Knight) and believes that he can beat him due to his courage.
Gawain, you know, returns to King Arthur's court, humiliated and saddened because he failed an honor test by withholding the green girdle from Sir Bertilak in order to save his own life. He believes he has failed in his role as a knight and has let everyone down. However, when the king asks him if he did not enjoy himself during his exile, he replies that he had better things to do than party with the queen. So, no, he does not get the girl.
Now, this is where it gets interesting. Some historians have suggested that King Arthur actually married Guenevere earlier in the story. They believe that this episode was written after the fact to make Gawain's failure to claim the queen rather than his friend Leodagan more understandable. Also, it should be noted that although Gawain fails to win Queen Guenevere's love, she does give him permission to visit her kingdom of Logres anytime he wishes. So, he doesn't exactly fail.
As for Bertilak, we are told that he lived in Ireland after this incident. Whether he got the girdle or not, we don't know. But since he was such a powerful lord, it's likely that he did.
As for Gawain, he goes on to have many more adventures before he dies at the age of 100.
The Green Knight says at the end of the poem that Gawain is the best of all the Arthurian knights; this judgment is supported by the Arthurian court but not by Gawain. When he fails the Green Knight's exam, he realizes this. However, because he wants to keep his honor intact, he decides to continue the quest for ever.
Thus, the ending of the poem shows that Gawain is a loyal knight who keeps seeking adventure even after learning that he has failed. He remains true to King Arthur and defends his reputation before returning home.
Gawain was seen as a man of words, someone who always kept his promises. When Gawain decapitated the Green Knight with an ax, he fulfilled the promise he made to him. Although no one knows for sure, some believe that King Arthur himself appointed Gawain as his successor.
Gawain also has similarities with Uther Pendragon. Both men were fathers who died when their children were young. And both men had favorites that they loved more than any other person. Camelot was built by Uther's favorite, Lancelot, and it can be assumed that Gawain's castle was also built by someone that he loved.
Lancelot was born after Uther lost his first wife, Elaine, so he was still a child when Uther married again. But according to some stories, when Lancelot was older he already became a knight at court and Uther gave him his own chamber. This shows that Uther thought of Lancelot as more than just his daughter's husband; he saw him as his own son.
When Uther fell from his horse during a battle and broke his neck, everyone thought that he was dead. But he wasn't, and two years later he raised his new family in another city. It can be assumed that he chose Gawayn because he believed that he could trust him with his life.