Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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  • Honor In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

    A true knight of the round table was defined by his honor and his ability to be a noble warrior. To be commended in such high prestige, one had to abide by a strict code of ethics. This code of chivalry included perseverance, courage, humility, respect, courtesy, and loyalty. Men who could openly live by these virtues were worthy enough to be held in high esteem by the medieval society. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a newly appointed knight of King Arthur’s court aspires to follow the code and thus reach the pinnacle of his knighthood glory. Although Sir Gawain committed acts that breached the Code of Chivalry, he can still be considered honorable because he wholeheartedly serves his king and proves that he is deserving of distinction as a knight. First of all, Sir Gawain bravely and courteously serves his king by politely requesting to accept the challenge offered by the Green Knight. During a holiday celebration between Arthur and…

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  • Motifs In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a piece of literature that was written sometime between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a chivalric romance tale and is an incredibly well-known story. This story combines an abundance of folklore motifs and one motif that is used repeatedly is the color green. The color green is said to represent a number of things from nature to death and also to the devil. The tale enforces many Christian beliefs and is the…

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  • Women In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

    displayed in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, written by Pearl Poet and translated by Jessie L. Weston. Although Sir Gawain survived the challenge, he feels that he has lost the battle with the Green Knight. He tells the Green Knight that his downfall and of all mankind’s problems can be blamed on women. Gawain placing the blame of his downfall on women is an accurate yet fallacious argument. To begin with, when Sir Gawain is speaking with the Green Knight, he gives proof of his belief by…

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  • The Imperfection In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

    The theme is revealed through Gawain experiencing his own chivalric imperfections. What ultimately shatters his sense of perfection is fear. The Green Knight’s challenge proves Gawain to fail in the values of battle. By accepting the girdle from Lady Bertilak Gawain failed to uphold the second point of the pentangle: “his five fingers were never at fault” (Armitage 1931). Gawain accepted the girdle form Lady Bertilak after its magical properties were revealed, “the body which is bound within…

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  • Essay On Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

    and achieve perfection. Sir Gawain, a knight from King Arthur's court Camelot, is proclaimed a perfect knight after his tempting journey. In the well-known poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this acclaimed knight’s commitment to following the Code of Chivalry was tested for a whole year. Significantly, in the poem, the Green Knight arrives in Camelot and challenges the knights to a dare,…

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  • Malefice In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

    and break a woman’s heart because you’ll never know what she might become” (_____). The consequences of breaking a promise are overlooked and the damage that goes unnoticed becomes irreversible. Maleficent was always seen but never heard until she began to cause trouble. Morgan le Fay from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, by the Pearl Poet, was a similar villainess. People feared her because she possessed powers and performed condemnable deeds. Not every deed that Morgana carried out was…

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  • Chivalry In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a Middle English Arthurian romance. It is a a story of a knight’s attributes that display chivalry – courage, honor, purity, courtesy – and the test of those. The introduction of the poem forms a historical background which makes it easier for many of the poem’s themes to be introduced. The action of the poem opens at Camelot on New Year’s Day. Arthur maintains the tradition of refusing to eat until he sees or hears of a great adventure. This is when the…

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  • The Journey Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

    Journey of Sir Gawain “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is a story of adventure and betrayal, all the while keeping up the chivalry that was so predominant of this period. The Green Knight has come to Camelot during Christmas festivities. Upon arrival and greetings, the Green Knight makes a proposal. He will allow a knight a blow from his axe, but only if he can return the blow a year later. Here the author uses the tradition of beheading, which was practiced during this period frequently.…

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  • Dignity In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

    Sir Gawain is established as a noble hero represented by a pentangle; an interconnected five-pointed shape delineating his qualities in fives. He has perfect senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell (640). Further, his fingers are always perfect, which could be an elaboration of touch, but also denote dexterity (641). Sir Gawain is a faithful follower of the Christian religion, which is "founded in the five wounds/ Christ received on the cross" (642-643). When Sir Gawain is faced…

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  • Themes In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

    In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Gawain went through test’s to test his worthy and his knight traits. Gawain suffered through the tests. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight there are three major tests references according to the theme; however, Gawain accepts the Green Knight challenge, also Gawain struggles by proving himself, but Gawain also didn’t allow the lord’s wife seduce him. Gawain accepts the Green Knight’s challenge and then tried to cut off the Green Knight head. However, it…

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