Dannie Pearsall asked:
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(view spoiler)[Of all the Knights of Arthur's round table, I thought it interesting that Ishiguro chose Sir Gawain to be she dragon Querig's protector. Could it be that Ishiguro patterned Gawain's honerable character after 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'? (hide spoiler)]
James (JD) Dittes Gawain also shows up in The Wife of Bath's Tale, as in Green Knight, he strikes the reader as a very human, honest knight, quite willing to admit his flaws, quite open about his corruption. (In Chaucer's tale, Gawain rapes a young woman and is spared by Guinevere so long as he can learn--within a year--what it is that women want.) His frankness with Axel and his effort to foil the Warrior's quest at the end certainly builds upon these earlier stories.