Camelot In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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During the twelfth century an Empire along the shores of Great Britain arose by the name of Camelot. Ran by King Arthur, Camelot strived just as the Romans and the Trojans before them, but like them all great things must come to an end. In the poem, Sir Gawain and the The Green Knight, Jessie L. Weston translates the story of an attempt to destroying Camelot with a simply challenge posed toward the king. The challenge that is posed is offered by the Green Knight whom is cursed by the witch, Morgan la fav. Though the challenge was offered to the king of the castle, the courages knight, Sir Gawain stepped in place of his ruler to defend his town and show his worthiness. On this journey Sir Gawain’s virtues will be tested, questioned, and possibly even broken.…show more content…
On the inside of his of his shield was an image of the Virgin Mary, this image gives him strength and is there to remind him that he is a Knight of the Blessed Virgin. On the outside, however, was a pentangle painted in the finest gold on a red shield. Each corner of the point to the pentangle represents a virtue that identifies who Sir Gawain really is; it represents five wits, five fingers, five wounds, five joys, and fifth five. The five represent his senses; touch, taste, smell, see, and hear. His five fingers represents his strength for he can candle a weapon and he is physically strong. Next, self-sacrifice is represented in the five wounds showing his faith and his belief in Christ. Five joys resembles protection, for the Virgin Marry on the inside of his shield protects him during battle. Lastly, the fifth five represents the heroic code; frankness, fellowship, cleanness, courtesy, and pity or compassion. All together these five virtues hold Sir Gawain to be the noblest Knight he can be, and he follows these virtues but once a side falls his identity falls with
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