In the Arthurian legends, Sir Gawain is a recurring character. He plays a major role in many of the stories including, "The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell" and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He repeatedly puts his life and well being in jeopardy for King Arthur, who happens to be his uncle. While Gawain's reputation in the legends usually remains the same, there are differing portrayals of Arthur in some of the stories.

Throughout the Arthurian legends, Gawain is looked upon as the ideal knight. He is brave, courageous, honorable and respectful. Out of all of the Knights of the Round Table, Gawain stands out the most. He never thinks twice about helping someone in the time of need, no matter the situation or what the consequences may be. Gawain is quick to lend a helping hand to Arthur when he is trouble. He saves King Arthur from death in both Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and "The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell." Sir Gawain is worthy of being called the perfect knight because of his unselfish and honorable actions.

Arthur, on the other hand, does not always appear to be the bravest man in the legends. He is portrayed helpless in "The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell." He is at the mercy of Gromer Somer Joure, who is mad that Arthur has given his land to Sir Gawain. Arthur relies on Sir Gawain to get him out of the predicament that he is in. He also relies on Sir Gawain when the Green Knight confronts him in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Gawain offers to take Arthur's place in the Green Knight's Christmas game. Arthur quickly accepts without a second thought.

It is obvious that throughout the Arthurian legends that Arthur and Gawain are portrayed differently. One thing that remains the same is that there is a special bond between these two characters. Gawain is always the knight that is ready to defend Arthur at all times.

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