Gawain and the Green Knight is a medieval Arthurian romance attributed to an unknown writer from the late fourteenth century. The poem begins with Gawain, one of King Arthur’s soldiers.
In the epic, a knight wearing green appears at Camelot and challenges the knights. Gawain accepts the offer, which asks him to strike the opponent on the neck with a huge axe.
Gawain is only allowed to strike his opponent once under the terms of the challenge. The tale focuses on Gawain’s effort to discover and confront the Green Knight, as well as his trials and tests of virtue along the road.
Gawain is an illustrious and reputable knight who epitomizes the chivalric code of his time. Chivalry was a set of norms for behavior that grew out of the older hero tradition and was used as a means to overlay Christian ethics on valor. Gawain differs from usual practice by displaying the Pentangle, which is a symbol of honor and virtue that belongs to him as “moral representative” of the Court.
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the pentagram represents total and unconditional honesty. It is made up of five groups of features with five qualities each. Among them are the perfect senses, unerring fingers, five Christ’s wounds, and five genuine chivalry virtues.
The term “pentangle” has two meanings when it comes to a person’s physical features. One of them is the five perfect senses of Sir Gawain, which describe his appearance. A knight must be able to rely on his senses in order to vanquish an opponent in battle.
Furthermore, it implies his connection with reality and readiness to react based on current events. The unbreakable fingers demonstrate extraordinary strength and speed. It also conveys the valor of a knight who is often referred to as “God’s Hands.”
The next two pentangle’s symbolism domains are completed by religious connections, which provide the final two pentangle meanings. Jesus Christ’s five wounds suffered during his Crucifixion are the third category. This shows that genuine chivalry entails a willingness to suffer and die for the sake of a good cause. Mary’s five pleasures give knights power and protection. They are as follows:
This list offers a comprehensive description of the ideals that a person should set for himself in order to enable his life to be honorable and beneficial. Finally, the last line of the pentangle alludes to Sir Gawain’s code of behavior, which includes a list of qualities. They are:
- being generous
- demonstrating true fellowship
- having a pure mind
- enjoying good manners
- exerting compassion.
Gawain follows the pentangle’s ideals and embodies all of their characteristics. As a consequence, it serves as both the source of power and the guide demonstrating how to maintain true and loyal to a worthy cause.