Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Pearl-Poet

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Describe Gawain's virtues in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. What do you think of them? You can compare them to Beowulf?

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In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain's positive virtues are similar to Beowulf's.  He is loyal, first of all.  He volunteers to take Arthur's place when the Green Knight comes to Arthur's castle and makes his challenge.  He doesn't want Arthur to take the risk, and so accepts the Green Knight's challenge himself. 

He is, therefore, brave.  In addition to the events at Arthur's castle, his bravery is shown when he keeps his word, his promise, to seek out the Green Knight and allow the Green Knight to cut off his head, as Gawain cut off the Green Knight's.   

Gawain is also trustworthy.  When the...

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