Sean YankocyMs. AldanaBritish Literature9 December 2017Religious Allegories in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, written by Pearl Poet, begins with The knights of the round table during christmas, when a knight dressed in all green confronts the men. He proposes they play a game, that King Arthur shall deliver a single blow from an axe. In return, a year later he shall find the Green Knight and he will deliver to Arthur the same blow. However, Sir gawain decides to deliver the blow for the King, so that he can save his life. Sir Gawain continues to decapitate the Green Knight, resulting in the still alive Green Knight to become angry at Gawain. The story continues to follow Gawain’s quest to find the Green Knight and to uphold the promise he previously made. The whole plot of Sir Gawain is based around the Ideas of a quest and the Christian values, and the story has an elaborate narrative and has many meanings under the surface. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight expresses the code of Christianity and Chivalry through allegories, imagery, and additional figurative language. Throughout the story Sir Gawain is portrayed as a Knight with an immense amount of chivalry. He is dressed in a full suit of armor ” When he got it all on his gear was splendid, each loop and latch-hook lustrous with gold.” , and his Moral and Religious codes are exceedingly apparent (Poet, 26). Along with his he carries around a shield with the virgin mary painted on the inside of it, and a pentangle on the outside to represent the five codes of a Knight: to serve the lord, protect the week and defenceless, to keep faith in God, to not turn your back on the enemy, and to have honor. Theses aspects serve as a constant reminder to Sir Gawain in battle to allow him to always remember his christian, knightly values, cogent even in grave times. They serve as a constant innuendo to his codes and ideology as a Knight and as a Catholic. During his time at the castle, Sir Gawain’s faith and moral codes begin to waiver due to many temptations that are presented to him during his stay at the castle. One of these temptations is the wife of the Kings of the castle. She is lustful and Sir Gawain cannot hold back the temptation, so he is given a kiss for every day he is there, however on the third day he is given a sash that is meant to protect him. This is another sign that he has sinned, because he has taken the aid of something outside of his faith in God, the sash, and entrusted that it will protect him. Even though he still sinned, he immediately goes to confess his sins to a priest, as he realizes these could be his last few days and wants to be pure of sin should he have to confront God. While this was a good act on his part it doesn’t jade the fact that he was wearing the sash while he was at confession, making him a sinner. Despite his sins, he never loses sight of his moral codes and continues his path of chivalry throughout the rest of the story. When Sir Gawain finally meets the Green Knight in a cave, he is prepared to meet his end. The Green Knight then proceeds to strike Sir Gawain three times, with the first two blows doing no harm and the final blow only slightly scratching him. The Knight then reveals himself as the King of the castle, and that his wife was meant to see if Gawain’s virtues would stand up to the test of a Knight, and that the reason for the third blow harming him came from the lack of faith he had in God and his temptations eventually overcoming him. The knight tells him that he passed the test and that he is freed to return back to his castle and to King Arthur. When he returns he speaks of his stories that have just unfolded. During the entirety of the Novel, Signs of God omniscient are sighted in almost every scene. Weather it be the temptation of the maiden in the castle or the patterns on his shield, christian symbols are present throughout the entire story. Losing faith in God will always result in a sin, especially in the time of Medieval Knights and Chivalry. Work Cited”Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” The Pearl Poet: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, alliteration.net/Pearl.htm.