CHRISTIAN ELEMENTS IN SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN NIGHT

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lnjennings | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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Wow there are a ton of these! First of all, Gawain claims to put his trust in God; however, he instead puts his trust in the Lady's girdle. There are many agreements throughout the story and a big focus on keeping one's word. Gawain has many promises that he doesn't always keep. He has an agreement with the Green Knight, Lord Bercilak (during the hunt he promises to share all he has gathered), and he agrees to kiss the Lady as a courtesy. There is an importance in prayer and remaining virtuous...Gawain only prays when he wants something rather or when he needs help. He does a lot of praying, but not for the right reasons. There is an importance in the Christian virtues: maintaining faith in God's mercy, resisting temptations of the flesh, and knowing your own imperfections. Hope this helps you!

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