The Test of Honor in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
During the course of the medieval poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain is presented with a number of choices, and must, as a result of these options, make difficult decisions. In most instances, his choices trap his natural self-interest in preserving his own life against his sense of honor. Honor was a major factor in the Age of Chivalry - commanding a
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would have also failed the test of true knighthood.
But does Gawain pass the test of an honorable knight? He has, throughout the poem, shown courage far above the call of duty. If Sir Gawain and the Green Knight has a moral, it would seem to be that if a "Knight" behaves as honorably and decently as he can under even the most difficult of situations, he has proven to be considered an honorable knight.