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In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, what lines in the poem show friendship and what lines exhibit generosity?

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Both friendship and generosity ("free-handedness") appear within the fifth five of the pentangle on Gawain's shield. Thus, these two qualities have vital importance to the main character of the story and, by extension, the whole of the story. There are several examples of where these two characteristics are displayed in the text.

The earliest example of both can be seen through Gawain's uncle, King Arthur. Arthur has thrown a party and "would not eat till all were served, so full of joy and gladness was he." The reader is also told that "each helped himself as he liked best, and to each two were twelve dishes, with great plenty of beer and wine." The fact that this party is so bountiful and that Arthur looks to please those in attendance demonstrates both his friendship and generosity to those in attendance.

Another strong example of these qualities being paired is at the end of Part 4 when the Green Knight is revealed to be the lord who has been hosting Sir Gawain. Upon Gawain's...

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