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How many times did the Green Knight strike Gawain?

Last Updated: 26th April, 2020

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When Gawain finally meets the Green Knight in the Green Chapel, he is extremely scared, but he puts on a brave face. He sees the Green Knight who is ready to cut Gawain's head off. When Gawain bows down, he gets tested again, three times.

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Keeping this in view, how many strikes does the Green Knight make at Gawain?

three

Also, does Gawain kill the Green Knight? Sir Gawain is a member of King Arthur's court. After failing a challenge to kill the Green Knight, Gawain must travel to the Green Knight's chapel and accept a similar blow. However, when the time comes, his nerve fails him. The Green Knight knows about the girdle and chides Gawain for this deception.

Secondly, what happens when Sir Gawain strikes the Green Knight?

As soon as Arthur grips the Green Knight's axe, Sir Gawain leaps up and asks to take the challenge himself. He takes hold of the axe and, in one deadly blow, cuts off the knight's head. To the amazement of the court, the now-headless Green Knight picks up his severed head.

Why did the Green Knight not kill Gawain?

But because Gawain's failing was only because he wanted to save his life, and not because he's just dishonorable, the Green Knight forgives him. He leaves Gawain with only with a scar and a girdle as a reminder of his very human sin.

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