What is a good title for a critical paper for "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?"

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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Based upon the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, I would probably look to the poem for an idea that could inspire a title for a critical paper. Because Bertilak is testing Gawain's integrity and honor, and perhaps based on the fact that Gawain is totally honorable except for the magic belt, maybe a title reflecting adherence to one's code of honor might provide you with some direction.

I have listed a number of possible titles. The final decision will probably fall with your own response to the story. A critical paper would still require you to take a stand as to whether Gawain is a disgrace to Arthur's court, or whether he can be forgiven his small fault in wishing to remain alive: even the Green Knight, Bertilak, understands this in Gawain.

Gawain's Faltering Honor.

Sir Gawain: Failed But For Love of Life

Sir Gawain's Worth

Gawain's Enemy Finds Him Worthy

Bertilak's Compassion in the Face of Gawain's Fault

I hope one of these helps you find a title that suits your sense of Gawain and his internal battle to be an honorable man.

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