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     Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a well-known Middle English romantic poem, which was written in the 14th century. The poet who penned down this poem remains unknown. The author of the poem, although unknown is linked to three other poems namely pearl, purity and patience. Although there is not much evidence to support this belief, but certain characteristics that are common in all the poems assert the belief, although the poems deal with a very religious theme. According to sources, “Sir Gawain And The Green Knight: Part 1 The final and most famous poem of Cotton Nero A.x is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a work that is commonly said to represent the “culmination of the romance tradition.” The poem consists of 2,530 lines, longer than those of Pearl, arranged in one-hundred-and-one stanzas, varying in length from twelve to thirty-eight lines” (English Epic Poems: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, p.1).

      The poem was basically written in a northern dialect. The tale is rather intriguing, due to the fact that it involves romance, magic, religion, action and betrayal all together.  The basic focus hereafter would be on the pentangle that was present on the shield of Sir Gawain. The characteristics, the virtues of chivalry that are represented by the pentangle and Sir Gawain’s attempts in order to fulfill those characteristics would be discussed.

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