Sir Gawain is known as the epitome of chivalry. He abides by the chivalric code at

all times. Gawain carries a sheild with a pentangle on the front and a picture of Mary on

the back. The pentangle itself represents Gawain's character and his beliefs by

representing strength, chivalry, Christianity, joy, and faultlessness. The author states:

The five of the five fives followed by this knight

Were beneficence boundless and brotherly love

And pure mine and manners, that non might impeach,

And compassion most precious--these peerless five

Were forged and made fast in him, formost of men.

The chivalric hero rarely fights in defense of man, but mo



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