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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The characteristics of a medieval romance include chivalry, a knight's brave actions, a high esteem for women, a fairy-tale setting, a simple plot, a quest for love, and supernatural elements, such...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2017 9:20 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The Green Knight ultimately approves of Sir Gawain and invites him to celebrate with a feast in his hall. Toward the end of the story, the Green Knight reveals that he knows about Gawain taking the...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 3:07 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The Green Knight disrupts a feast in King Arthur’s court. The knights are enjoying a New Year’s feast and engaging in merriment when the Green Knight enters. The Green Knight proposes his game: the...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2014 7:29 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The identity of the author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is lost to history. Some historians and literary critics specializing in medieval literature have made a strong case for the claim that...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2018 12:58 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight predominantly features the supernatural in the character of the Green Knight himself. The Green Knight is able to survive having his head cut off and uses magic to...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 12:43 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Rather than believing himself to be worthy or the best qualified to accept the Green Knight's game, Gawain is the one to take the Green Knight up on his challenge simply because he wishes to spare...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018 1:20 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

By the time that Sir Thomas Malory wrote Le Morte d'Arthur, the socio-economic system known as feudalism was in a process of irreversible decline. As feudalism declined, so too did the chivalric...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2020 8:30 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The temptations Gawain faces are more multifaceted than they may seem at first, particularly given the modern light through which we view the story. It is not clear what game Bertilak's wife is...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2020 2:11 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

On his journey to the Green Chapel, it mentions briefly that he has to fight foes all along the way, along with every type of beast imaginable, even dragons and giants. He suffered from sleet and...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2008 1:29 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Gawain's quest is to fulfill the terms of the challenge he accepted from the Green Knight. At the start of the poem, the Green Knight visit's Arthur's court and challenges Arthur to deal him a...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 2:31 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The famous medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight seems to have a number of related purposes, including the following: To remind its readers that earthly life is mutable – that nothing...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2011 2:11 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

"The Wife of Bath's Tale" and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight share characteristics in common with a genre of romantic literature known as Breton lai. A Breton lai is a short chivalric poem that...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2020 12:13 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Your question is vague so I'm not sure exactly what you're after, but I'll see what I can do. Both the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf and the medieval Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are written in...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2010 12:49 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain has a great number of virtues and strengths that the author spends considerable time detailing. One of Gawain's greatest strengths is his reputation; it precedes and acclaims him...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 2:24 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The figure to whom Gawain shows perhaps the most loyalty is his God. Although he has a deep sense of loyalty to Arthur, his king, the Green Knight, his foe, as well as to Lord Bertilak, his host,...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018 1:03 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Like most medieval romances, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight offers a moral allegory. Story elements function as symbols of human experience, and motifs recur to create a pattern of meaning. In...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018 6:34 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The three temptations in the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are represented by the three days of the game that Gawain plays at the behest of his holiday host. The game that they play is a...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 12:28 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

No, I don't think that the Green Knight was intended to represent evil. He doesn't function as a figure of evil in the poem. On the contrary, anything that happens to Gawain is ultimately a result...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018 8:40 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is only one of many stories written down in the medieval period about Sir Gawain, who was a mainstay of household miscellanies and other collections of popular...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2018 8:34 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The Green Knight can also be construed as a kind of fertility god. Such deities were common in pagan cultures, and lived on in various guises long after the establishment of Christianity. They were...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2018 9:09 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight takes place in the days of King Arthur, during Christmas festivities. Arthur, his queen and his knights are gathered at Camelot to celebrate. When the meal has just...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2016 1:15 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain's quest is the result of taking the Green Knight's challenge. At Arthur's court at Christmas, the Green Knight says he will allow anyone to cut off his...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2012 6:14 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The generosity in this poem is more generally held to be on the part of the Green Knight, Bertilak, who takes Gawain into his home, forgives him his errors, and helps him understand the reasons for...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2018 11:33 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The hunting scenes and bedroom scenes are used as parallels in the story. The whole idea behind Bertilak's (the Green Knight) behavior is to test Gawain, to see if he is worthy of being called a...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010 4:11 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

As he continues on his merry way to track down the Green Knight Gawain stops off at a castle where he enjoys the hospitality of the noble lord Bertilak and his wife. During his stay, he's presented...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019 8:18 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Both Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are valiant and noble knights. That means that they follow all of the rules of the court and of knighthood. Proper etiquette is always required and proper...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2012 4:38 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

If you read the beginning of the preface to Gawain's tale, you will note that the narrator begins his story in the past, laying the ground work of events that transpire before Arthur's time. Not...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010 7:33 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

I agree with the other posts. The romances require a heroic, almost mythical man to seduce the pure and heavenly women. This is why we still have the ideal romantic notion of the princess and the...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2011 11:20 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, one can easily justify that Gawain only has one secret weakness in combat. Gawain admits that he is the one who should take the challenge made by the Green...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2012 7:58 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late 14th century Middle English alliterative romance recounting an adventure of Gawain, an Arthurian knight. The anonymous author goes out of his way - taking...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2010 4:34 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Since this question requires the student's own opinion, his/her "reader reaction," the student should give this opinion. However, this opinion should be a judgment that is based upon, not just the...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2014 10:52 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Although this quote applies loosely to the chivalric code put forth by the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, it is not contained within Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. I...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2011 9:43 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Both friendship and generosity ("free-handedness") appear within the fifth five of the pentangle on Gawain's shield. Thus, these two qualities have vital importance to the main character of the...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2019 12:37 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an Arthurian legend in the genre of English Medieval romances. It is written in alliterative verse in which the first hemstitch has two alliterated letters...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2010 5:22 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Having read several translations of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," I cannot agree that Gawain's kisses delivered to Berilak are anything BUT perfunctory. Gawain delivers the kisses to Berilak...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010 6:18 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, there are many things about the Green Knight that are noteworthy. Perhaps the most impressive is that after Gawain cuts off the knight's head, the...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2012 10:57 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the character trait of piety is one that is listed among the five qualities that every knight should possess. It is one of the "fives" represented by...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018 10:11 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain holds to his vows of chastity when Lady Bertilak tries to seduce him. In Book III, section 49, Lady Bertilak makes her first move on Gawain. I have...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2011 8:05 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the sense of honor displayed by the characters is chivalric and idealistic. The honor displayed is unrealistically demanding, which is appropriate for a...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2010 7:24 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Gawain shows nobility in a variety of ways: he takes Arthur's place in the Green Knight's deadly game, and resists the advances of Lady Bertilak on...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2016 4:21 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Both Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, although composed about four to five hundred years apart, include heroes who must confront and overcome nature in one form or another. In Beowulf,...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2018 8:52 pm UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is part of a larger manuscript of poets by the so-called "Pearl Poet," and, viewed together, we can appreciate how the poet sought to convey themes of purity and...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2018 9:29 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

After Gawain discovers that the Green Knight, whom he has spent the last year fearing, is actually Lord Bertilak, his sense of relief must be hard to compare. Instead of getting a blow from the...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2020 7:09 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Imagery in the narrative prose "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is very important. The use of color imagery, numerology, and imagery represented by nature all seem to provide very distinctive and...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2011 5:09 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain travels to meet the Green Knight so that the other may take his turn at beheading Gawain, as they had agreed a year prior. Gawain arrives at his...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2011 8:09 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The challenge presented in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of honor. When the Green Knight entered King Arthur's dining hall, he threw down the gauntlet, challenging the bravest among them...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2010 6:31 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The point in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight at which the number five is most clearly seen symbolized is when Gawain is given his shield that is painted with a golden pentangle. This gifting occurs...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018 2:23 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Shields were used in the past for two major reasons. First, the shield was used to protect the knight or foot soldier from harm, both from swords and arrows, among other kinds of weapons and forms...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010 5:23 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

On a basic level, Gawain can be said to represent society in that he embodies all the weaknesses of society, and the difficult choices one sometimes has to make as a member of society. As a Knight...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2018 11:04 am UTC

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

This is a great question, as it wrestles with a fundamental problem in the text. In the fourth part of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Green Knight spares Gawain's life, although he chooses to...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2016 2:31 pm UTC

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