Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Pearl-Poet

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Why did Sir Garwain flinch when the ax was swung?

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Concerning Sir Gawain's flinch in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, wouldn't you?  A big ax is being brought down toward his neck by a giant green man with the intent of chopping his head off.  It shouldn't surprise you that he flinches.  Flinching is a natural human reaction in this situation.

And that's the point.  The poem is...

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