The two poems have widely used symbolism in a way in order to represent various ideas or concepts that the author wants to put across. It is important note that most of the symbols in this case are not only symbolic to the readers but also to the characters of the poems as they are reflections of what will happen later in the life of the individual.
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Covenants were very common in the Old Testament and everyone had to follow them regardless of whether the outcomes meant death. The pentangle kept honesty as one of the main virtues that Knights had to follow, which means that Gawain had to follow and honor the covenant he had made with the Green Knight (Stein, 2012).
Stein, M. (2012). Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (review). Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 43(1), 282-284.