Where in the poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, does Gawain show chastity? I am doing a project and need to show how Gawain exhibits chastity, where in the story, exactly.
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain holds to his vows of chastity when Lady Bertilak tries to seduce him.
In Book III, section 49, Lady Bertilak makes her first move on Gawain.
She has locked the door, and tells him she is there for his pleasure. However, in section 51, he resists her seduction:
I have closed the door, it's securely locked;
and since I have in this house he whom all admire,
I shall spend my time in speech I am sure
My person's yours, of course,
to see you take your pleasure;
I am obliged, perforce,
to serve you at your leisure."
...I am proud to be prized so highly.Gawain diplomatically says no but tells her he is hers to command, asking that Christ reward her. However, she wants a kiss, saying perhaps he is not the...
I am your sober servant and you my sovereign queen --
I have become your knight and may Christ reward you."
Thus till mid-morning passed they made conversation;
and always she acted as if she adored him;
while Gawain was guarded though gracious enough.
(The entire section contains 645 words.)
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