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In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, how does Gawain express or show generosity and where is it in the poem?

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The generosity in this poem is more generally held to be on the part of the Green Knight, Bertilak, who takes Gawain into his home, forgives him his errors, and helps him understand the reasons for his quest. However, we can also see in Gawain the "virtues" and "purity" that have been bred into him as a good knight and which exhibit themselves as generosity and a reluctance to step outside the bounds of courtesy.

When Bertilak's wife comes to visit Gawain in his bedchamber, Gawain is understandably uneasy. However, he is reluctant to do anything that might displease the lady. On the contrary, he tells her "I will do your will" and "I will yield me readily." When she asks for a kiss, therefore, he delivers it, although obviously torn. Later in the poem, he gives that kiss again to Bertilak, in the spirit of openness. While Gawain quite obviously worries about the kisses exchanged, his redistribution of them to Bertilak seems to wash them clean in his mind and make his dedication to the...

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