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Help me understand the Christian allegory in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Describe the Christian allegory in more detail. How do these ideas have to do with the allegory? Gawain's travails reflect Jesus's travails since both are tempted. Although Jesus resists his temptations, Gawain gives in but the issue of redemption then enters the picture.

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There are many Christian allusions, symbols, and allegorical threads throughout Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Firstly, the qualities of humility, self-sacrifice, and honor that Sir Gawain demonstrates in the beginning of the story could be aligned with the character of Jesus. Though high-born, Sir Gawain refers to himself as "the weakest, I know, and of wit feeblest. / least worth the loss of my life" (Fitt 1, Stanza 16). Yet, even in his humility, he takes up the challenge that the Green...

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