I need help understanding the key ideas, and forming an analytical response of lines 2409-2011 from "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."“I have stayed long enough: good fortune attend you, And may...

I need help understanding the key ideas, and forming an analytical response of lines 2409-2011 from "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."

“I have stayed long enough: good fortune attend you, And may he who gives all honors soon send you reward! And commend me to that gracious one, your lovely wife," 2409-11

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Sometimes it helps to look at other translations of a text like this to find better understanding. In the translation that I have, it actually says this line a little bit differently. My translation says,

"Nay, forsooth, . . . I have fared ill, may bliss betied thee and may He who rules all things reward thee swiftly. Commend me to that courteous lady, thy fair wife, and to the other my honoured ladies, who have beguiled their knight with skilful craft."

Gawain has just been caught about the scarf that he obtained from the Green Knight's wife and he is ashamed, but he openly admits to his folly, which is good at least. He graciously admits being tricked and failing the test that was put forth upon him during the three days that the Green Knight went hunting. After these lines, Gawain comforts himself by saying that many men from the Bible, like Adam and Solomon, were tricked by women, so he won't feel too poorly by it. When Gawain prays that the Lord will receive rewards from heaven, it is because he is humiliated and hopes that the Lord won't be humiliated, too. Basically, he hopes that if there were any problems caused by his failure of the tests, that heaven will bless the Lord and his castle.

 

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