What are the 3 temptations in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?
The three temptations in the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are represented by the three days of the game that Gawain plays at the behest of his holiday host. The game that they play is a strange one: the lord goes out hunting and offers to trade whatever he wins in his hunt for whatever it is that Gawain wins during his day at the castle. The first morning of this game, Gawain is awoken by the lady of the castle, who has come to try to seduce him. He resists, and she leaves him with a single kiss, which he dutifully turns over to the lord that evening. On the second day this happens again, but she leaves him with two kisses. On the third, in addition to the three kisses, she also gives him a green girdle which she says will protect him. Worried about surviving his upcoming encounter with the Green Knight, Gawain bows to this final temptation and does not give the girdle over that evening.
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