Comparison of Sir Gawain and the Green knight to Faerie Queen
Comparison of Sir Gawain and the Green knight to Faerie Queen: Sir Gawain, as shown in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and The Faerie Queen Edmund Spenser’s Red crosse Knight, have several similarities. Both are honor-bound knights who are on a dangerous quest that examines both their character, as well as courage. Moreover, they are striving to uphold an ideal and achieving some state of perfection, even though no process on some of the challenges they face. However, the two knights considering their similarities are looking for ideas that are different knightly.
Gawain’s ideal is very personal and intimate and deals with the behavior of a good knight in a society and the purpose of honor in daily life.
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The knight is on a quest in aid of the Faerie Queen Gloriana, which is symbolic of the reigning of Queen Elizabeth I. The otherworldliness of Gloriana shields Elizabeth, who is referred to as the Virgin Queen, from whatever sexual compromise.
When Red Crosse deals with the beast, the sword that he had cannot fell her since his shield is compromised. In contrast to Gawain, the disarmament of this knight is associated with faith, rather than exposure to nature. Red Crosse comes out of the cave and goes on with his journey, having God as his friend. The heroic status of Red Crosse is confirmed similar to Gawain, and as the story comes to a conclusion, he accomplishes the virtue of holiness.