How does Sir Gawain demonstrate nobility in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Gawain shows nobility in a variety of ways: he takes Arthur's place in the Green Knight's deadly game, and resists the advances of Lady Bertilak on successive occasions. However, Sir Gawain's most important display of nobility can be found in his decision to keep his promise to the Green Knight and come to the Green Chapel a year after the contest began. This gesture is particularly noble because, as far as Gawain knows, it will end with his decapitation (he of course has no idea that the Green Knight is testing him and plans to spare his life). In the world of chivalry, honor, glory, and nobility carried vast importance. Sir Gawain is, of course, fully immersed in this world, and so denying the Green Knight's challenge would be unforgivable, as it would brand Gawain as a coward and undermine his career as a knight of King Arthur. Knowing this, Gawain chooses the harder, but more honorable path, and in choosing to honor the rules of the Green Knight's game by arriving at the Green Chapel, Gawain truly proves his nobility.
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