What is the role, or function, or relevance of the Virgin Mary in this poem? Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Throughout the poem, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ," Sir Gawain encounters numerous trials testing his religious faith and his devotion to Christianity.  When Gawain go forth on his journey to find the Green Chapel, he discovers that he has become lost; it is only after praying to the Virgin Mary that he finds his way.  As he, then, continues, Gawain suffers from anguish that he must inevitably encounter the Green Knight.  However, rather...

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