Sir Gawain and the Green Knight The character of the Green Knight in the story adventure of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight has a number of roles. The Green Knight itself has supernatural qualities and mysterious ways. In various scenes throughout the tale, the Green knight is portrayed as being a villain, a monster, also a good guy. All the character traits he has exemplified have been reactions towards Sir Gawain (Armitage 15).
As a villain, the Green knight presents himself in front of King Arthur’s court and issues an extraordinarily daring challenge to any individual in the court. In his role, he terrifies and scares all the people in King Arthur’s court by issuing out the challenge of letting any knight in the court strike him with an ax. He issues the challenge to heroes who are the knights in King Arthur’s court, and this, in turn, makes him a villain (Armitage 45).
The Green knight’s role in the adventure has also been seen as being a monster. This is evident from its physical appearance it is described as being giant-like and entirely green, and a creature described in this manner is considered to be a monster. Furthermore, the Green knight’s audacity of presenting itself in a court and asking someone to strike its head is monstrous (Armitage 54).
The last role of the Green knight that comes out clearly in the adventure is being a good guy. The Green knight managed to test Gawain’s character through the various challenges Gawain experienced. Green knight’s role is attributed to have brought out all the characteristic behavior that was exemplified by Gawain such as guilt, honesty, bravery, and resilience. Sir Gawain’s picture is clearly seen through the Green knight’s role in the whole adventure (Armitage 69).
Armitage S. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. London: Faber, 2009. Print