Alas we come across come across a tale with some more nuances regarding the protagonist’s morality. Whereas in previous tales protagonists were depicted as flawless demigods(regardless of whether they really were or not), this Sir Gawain is quite blatantly depicted in dilemmas in which he does not always make the best choice: frolicking with the lord’s wife, despite his attempts to resist her advances and fully have an affair with her; accepting her girdle as a gift and not fulfilling his oath with the lord to exchange it as one of his earnings. Furthermore, besides explicit dilemmas, he is also depicted at times as lazy and some may even say craven, which is certainly something not seen before. Indeed, an entirely noble man would want to join the hunt and display his skill as a warrior.
Additionally, it seems from the perspective the narrator creates, that the more valiant behavior—a proper demonstration of nobility—would be not to be fearful in confronting the Green Knight, but instead have faith enough in their God so as to not be afraid of the possibility of death. In the case of this last comment, however, I do not think that any man other than a fool would rely solely on divine help, so I do not blame him myself; instead I merely point out the deviation from the ideal behavior, not seen with previous protagonists. Despite some clear foibles, I believe that we can and should still hold Sir Gawain in high regards. What mortal man has not lapsed even the slightest at times? As a result, the presentation of these predicaments offer a refreshing and introspective view of the human psyche with its imperfections, allowing for self-reflection and ultimately an opportunity to improve as an individual, albeit in my case I am already a god, and a demigod before that, so the latter is for all of you small humans.