In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, what are the three kisses for and what do they mean to Gawain?
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain travels to meet the Green Knight so that the other may take his turn at beheading Gawain, as they had agreed a year prior. Gawain arrives at his destination early. Finding a castle nearby, he requests the lord's hospitality, which is eagerly granted.
The lord is Bertilak (secretly the Green Knight, a shape-shifter). He welcomes Gawain, and suggests that while he passes the Christmas holiday with the lord and his wife (Lady Bertilak), that they share the fruits of their labors each day. So when Bertilak goes out hunting the first day, he returns with his kill which he presents to Gawain. In the meantime, Lady Bertilak has been attempting to seduce the noble Gawain, but he resists, exchanging only a kiss. When Bertilak returns, Gawain presents the kiss he has received...
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