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Sir Gawain's Shield and the Quest for Perfection - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a religious allegory full of Christian symbolism with the central message of sin, forgiveness, and redemption. The poem is a great story of virtues, trust and honor. It's an Arthurian romance in which Sir Gawain carries a shield on his chest in his quest for Green Knight. Gawain's shield has two images, a picture of Virgin Mary on the inside and "Painted upon his shield is a five-pointed star (pentangle). He is a perfect knight who realizes that it is important to be a good Christian The image of Mary inside this shield conveys that Gawain never loses heart and the detailed description of the pentangle is a key for proper understanding of the poem's m...   [tags: European Literature] 1121 words
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Parallels in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - There are many parallels that can be drawn from the three temptations and hunting scenes and the three blows exchanged by the Green Knight. All of these scenes are interlocked together in the way that Gawain's quest is told and his trails he endures leading up to his meeting with the Green Knight to fulfill his promise made the year before. This all starts with the bargain that Bercilak makes with Sir Gawain. "That whatever I win in the woods be yours, and any achievement you chance on here, you exchange for it" (pg....   [tags: World Literature] 767 words
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Other views of Sir Gawain in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight - Other views of Sir Gawain in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight Below are quotations selected from a number of sources which address the character of Sir Gawain: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "In the earliest Arthurian stories, Sir Gawain was the greatest of the Knights of the Round Table. He was famed for his prowess at arms and, above all, for his courtesy. ... Here Gawain is the perfect knight; he is so recognized by the various characters in the story and, for all his modesty, implicitly in his view of himself....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell - The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell In the story of "The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell," we are introduced to a rather interesting character, Dame Ragnell. We meet Dame Ragnell in the beginning of the story when King Arthur is riding his horse into Ingelswood Forest. He then meets a lady, Dame Ragnell, who is described to be absolutely hideous and grotesque. The story gives a complete description of this old, foul woman: Her face was red, her nose snotid withalle, Her mouithe wide, her teethe yallowe overe alle, With blerid eyen gretter then a balle; Her mouithe was not to lak; Her teeth hing over her lippes; Her cheekis as wemen hippes....   [tags: Dame Ragnell Character Analysis Essays]
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sir gawain - In Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Pardoners Prologue, we see the theme of hypocrisy throughout the play. The pardoner knows he is a con artist and liar and freely admits it in both word and action in his tales prologue. The pardoner begins with the tale itself. In his sermon he describes gluttony in detail, and defines it as not only overeating, but the intense pleasure of doing it. He also denounces wine with examples of drunkenness. He also discusses swearing and cursing and concludes with condemning gambling.However, we can see hypocrisy be4 the tale even begin.The pardoner before telling his tale stops off at an inn for food &bear .He also partakes in a bet , whoever tells the best...   [tags: essays research papers] 522 words
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Sexuality in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - The Complications of Sexuality in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Gawain's travels in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight suggest a world in which home--i.e., Camelot--is "normal," while away--the opposing castle of Hautdesert where Gawain perforce spends his Christmas vacation--is "other," characterized by unfamiliarity, dislocation, perversity. And in fact the atmosphere at Hautdesert appears somewhat peculiar, with various challenges to "normal" sexual identity, and with permutations of physical intimacy, or at least the suggestion of such intimacy, that are, to say the least, surprising....   [tags: Essays Papers] 5051 words
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight & color - Though often extensive detail may be condemned as mere flowery language, in understanding Sir Gawain and the Green Knight one must make special emphasis on it. In color and imagery itself, the unknown author paints the very fibers of this work, allowing Sir Gawain to discern the nuances of ritualistic chivalry and truth. His quest after the Green Knight is as simple as ones quest toward himself. Through acute awareness of the physical world he encounters Gawain comes to an understanding of the world beyond chivalry, a connection to G-d, the source of truth....   [tags: essays research papers] 1426 words
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Symbolism in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Symbolism in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight From the first time I read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight I have been troubled by the question of whether or not Sir Gawain was right or wrong in lying in order to keep the girdle and save his life. He was torn between honesty and his own life. The question he was forced to ask himself was "what did he value more: his honesty or his life. Many scholars have struggled with this question for centuries, as well as the questions of why Gawain made the decision that he did, how guilty he "really" felt for his actions, and what the poet is trying to tell the reader through Gawain's ordeal....   [tags: Papers] 1971 words
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and One Thousand and One Nights - ... The Green Knight picks up his head and reminds Gawain that he can find him in a green chapel. After some time Gawain leaves to find the Green Knight at the Green Chapel. On his way he finds a castle and seeks shelter where he meets Bertilak and his wife who welcomes him. Bertilak offers Gawain a game, which was exchanging whatever Bertilak hunts and whatever Gawain gets at home. Bertilak gives Gawain the animals he hunts and in return Gawain gives him kisses which he gets from his wife. After leaving the castle, he goes to the Green chapel where the Green Knight sharpens his axe and swings the axe to repeat the same act because of their agreement....   [tags: works of literature comparison] 1085 words
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The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell - THE WEDDING OF SIR GAWAIN AND DAME RAGNELL!!!!!. In the romantic story The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell, by an anonymous writer, the readers see how sovereignty plays an important role in male and female relationships in romances of the medieval period. Throughout the story, we see Sir Gawain as a charismatic, willing and noble knight who will do anything for his king. We also see Dame Ragnell as the "loathly lady" who asks from King Arthur for Sir Gawain to marry her. Dame Ragnell sees that Sir Gawain is the best and most handsome knight in King Arthur's court and would like to marry only him....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Sir Gawain Speaks - Sir Gawain Speaks This monologue represents an exercise in creative writing. It was created to convey something that Sir Gawain might say: Sir Gawain I am, and I am very pleased to meet you. I've just returned from the Green Chapel where I suffered the most humiliating experience at the hands of the Green Knight. I did my best to uphold the code of chivalry by being courteous, truthful and loyal. Somehow I let my guard down and failed. And yet, the Green Knight and my companions of the Round Table laughed at my situation....   [tags: Essays Papers] 439 words
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Behind the Pretty Face of Lady Bercelak - Throughout many medieval tales, women play seemingly minor roles. Most are maidens, mothers, and subordinate to other masculine heroes. Readers and historians understand that medieval women are under control and restricted to their husbands. However, few roles exist in which the female characteristics consist of supernatural/magical powers. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Pearl Poet surreptitiously conceals Lady Bercelak’s vital role; her illustrious beauty, seductiveness, and deceiving nature make Lady Bercelak the most powerful character in this Arthurian legend....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]
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Code of Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Lanval, and Beowulf - Code of Chivalry The code of Chivalry can be described as a brave, loyal, courteous, distinguished courage or ability that is admired for their brave and noble qualities. Chivalry is a system of ethical ideals that arose from feudalism and had its highest development in the 12th and 13th centenry.(Columbia ElectronicEncyclopedia).Respect is an essential part of chivalry. The code of chivalry is a set of rules followed by the knights during the middle ages. The evolution of heroic and chivalry code has changed over time beginning from the Middle ages to now....   [tags: respect, knight, rules] 972 words
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British Literature Essay: Macbeth vs. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - ... The poem really emphasizes nature, a person’s duty to their land, and how all of these things characterize everyday life. In Macbeth, the characters are in competition as to who is more worthy, as well as huge gender power/control problems. During the time of both pieces, it was not common for women to have more control than men. Mostly problems stemmed from troubles within one, as well as spiritual indifferences. Sir Gawain is written in an English dialect called North West Midland, similar to Welsh and Anglo-Saxon dialects....   [tags: setting, context, styles, princples]
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Role of Women in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight and The Wife of Bath’s Tale - In the Middle Ages, the roles of women became less restricted and confined and women became more opinionated and vocal. Sir Gawain and The Green Knight presents Lady Bertilak, the wife of Sir Bertilak, as a woman who seems to possess some supernatural powers who seduces Sir Gawain, and Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath Prologue and Tale, present women who are determined to have power and gain sovereignty over the men in their lives. The female characters are very openly sensual and honest about their wants and desires....   [tags: Role of Women in Middle Ages]
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What Makes a True Hero? - What makes a hero. Is it the sharp, wide eyes; the perfect, slicked back hair; the toned, muscular body. Is it the cape, tights, or symbol etched in the material sprawled across their broad chest. What about the heart the hero has; the traits that make them a hero. The true characteristics of a hero are not their superpowers or excellent ability to fight, but their willingness to save others and help those who cannot defend themselves. Their honesty, total selflessness, and bravery, in no particular order, are some of the things that make someone a hero....   [tags: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight] 612 words
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An Epic Hero in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a Poem Pearl Poet - ... The Green Knight’s physical features are clearly described in the story. He was described to have green skin and a huge build: “greater than any on earth; from neck to loin so strong and thickly made, and with limbs so long and so great that he seemed even as a giant… For he was clad all in green” This indicates that the knight’s sturdy build and green color is like that of a healthy plant. The knight’s long limbs could represent the roots of vegetation, as is necessary for the roots to be long in order for the plant to receive its water and nutrients....   [tags: nutrients, mythology, supernatural]
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:The First Swing - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:The First Swing In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a stranger rides into King Arthur's court with a challenge. This stranger, green in color from head to toe, proposes to play a game with a member of King Arthur's court. This game will be played by each participant taking a blow from a weapon at the hands of the opponent. The person that dies from the hit is obviously the loser. On top of this, the Green Knight offers to let his opponent take the first swing. This sets up the action in the passage beginning with line 366 and ending with line 443....   [tags: Arthurian Legends English Literature Essays]
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Christian Values in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Christian Values in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Thesis Statement: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight shows the struggle between a good Christian man against the temptations of this world. I.     Taking a Stand A.     Worthiness B.     Sir Gawain stands C.     Trial overcome II.     Staying True A.     Three temptations B.     Three hunts III.     Repentance A.     A promise kept B.     Confession of sin Christian Values in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Symbolism is used throughout literature to give deeper meaning to a variety of literary works....   [tags: essays research papers]
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The Noble Knight in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - The Noble Knight in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In the poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," the protagonist, Gawain, illustrates deep down nobility and honesty to himself and everyone that he comes in contact with. Gawain is a good man whose only crime is berating himself all too much, therefore making both statements about him somewhat true true. Like every human he makes mistakes and must grow from them, yet for Gawain, a flaw is not acceptable and he believes that one failure makes him a failure to humanity and the lord....   [tags: Papers] 590 words
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Sir Gawain And The Green Knight: Stanza 74 - In stanza 74, fit III, the lady of the castle offers a magical, green girdle to Sir Gawain and explains to him that the wearer of this corset &quot;cannot be killed by any cunning on earth.&quot; Sir Gawain, amidst an ethical dilemma, accepts the gift and chooses to conceal it from Lord Bertilak. This passage contains three of the main themes of the story – the inner and outer conflicts between Sir Gawain’s ethics and desire to live, and the test of religion. When Sir Gawain is offered the girdle, his knightly principles are questioned....   [tags: essays research papers] 1329 words
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: the Exploration of a Tragic Hero - Tragic and hero may not be words that easily reveal a relationship, but throughout literature the two have been linked to create an enthralling read. The emergence of the tragic hero seemed to take shape in ancient Greece where such works as Oedipus and Antigone were popular among all classes of people. Aristotle defined a tragedy as "the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself. It incorporates incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish the catharsis of such emotions." Though Greece may be credited with the creation of tragic heroes, the theme is seen in literary works across many different cultures, including England....   [tags: European Literature] 1021 words
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Heroes in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Joseph Campbell - Heroes in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Joseph Campbell Many would agree that although there are many stories about heroes, they all seem similar in some way. Joseph Campbell wrote many books about this theory of a "hero cycle" that every hero story follows. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this pattern is clearly exemplified and it shows the numerous steps in Joseph Campbell's idea of the hero cycle. The first step in Campbell's hero cycle is "the call." This is when the hero of the story is drawn into some type of journey, challenge, or adventure....   [tags: Papers] 622 words
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Character Analysis of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Character Analysis of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Depiction of a believable character has always been a difficult task for any writer. A true character must evoke emotions and make the readers want to learn more about him or her. The appearance, acts, words and nature of this character must be vivid and understandable by the audience. In medieval England, Arthurian literary works, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight or "The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell," describe the character of Sir Gawain as a noble hero, having chivalrous and virtuous attributes....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 2333 words
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Masculine Identity in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Masculine Identity in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Vern L. Bullough's article, "On Being a Male in the Middle Ages," addresses how vital it was for a man living in the middle ages to be sexually active in order to maintain a masculine identity by explaining: Quite clearly, male sexual performance was a major key to being male. It was a man's sexual organs that made him different and superior to the woman. But maleness was somewhat fragile, and it was important for a man to keep demonstrating his maleness by action and thought, especially by sexual action....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Comparing the Hero in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Beowulf and Sir Gawain – True Heroes Heroes come in many forms. The construction of "the heroic" has taken many forms, yet traits such as: courage, honor, and loyalty, reappear as themes throughout the "hero" personality. The characters of Beowulf and Sir Gawain each represent a version of a hero, yet each comes across quite differently in their story. A hero can be said to truly win if he remains constant to his noble values when put in any situation that crosses his way. When measured by that criterion, Sir Gawain stands out above Beowulf as a true hero, due to his command of both personal and spiritual power through the use of thought, as well as valiant deeds....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 924 words
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Color Imagery in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Color Imagery in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain And The Green Knight I believe that the color imagery in Sir Gawain And The Green Knight represents nature, as a force that man has little control over. This is evident during the journey of Sir Gawain, and later, his shame in front of King Arthur's court. Nature does as it will in ways that can not be controlled by man. The best they can do is to acknowledge the fact that it is happening. They had no control whatsoever, and therefore, were subject to it's, at times, ferocity....   [tags: essays papers] 2226 words
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The Role of Women in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight - The Role of Women in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight Sir Gawain and The Green Knight is an example of medieval misogyny. Throughout Medieval literature, specifically Arthurian legends like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the female characters, Guinevere, the Lady, and Morgan leFay are not portrayed as individuals but social constructs of what a woman should be. Guinevere plays a passive woman, a mere token of Arthur. The Lady is also a tool, but has an added role of temptress and adulteress. Morgan leFay is the ultimate conniving, manipulating, woman....   [tags: Medieval Literature Arthurian Legends]
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Gawain, King Arthur, and Beowulf Show Bravery - How Gawain, King Arthur, and Beowulf Show Bravery In Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur, John Gardner’s translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Burton Raffel’s translation of Beowulf, King Arthur, Gawain, and Beowulf are hero’s because they exhibit bravery in the face of danger. Beowulf demonstrates his bravery when he goes up against Grendal. King Arthur exhibits bravery when Mordrid challenges him. Gawain shows bravery when he goes to meet the Green Knight. All three of these men show courage when confronted with a challenge....   [tags: essays papers] 414 words
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Comparing Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Song of Roland - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Song of Roland In mythological Europe, knightly heroes abounded whereever one could choose to roam. There are hundreds of tales of knights who embodied the concept of chivalry, slew huge dragons, slew legions of foes in single combat, and still made it home in time for dinner. Of all these tales, ballads and poems, a few have risen to the fore front of the genre as an example for the rest of the stories to follow. I will be comparing the positive and negative personality traits of two heroes from the famous poems "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and "The Song of Roland." On the lighter side, both Gawa...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 880 words
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A Re-Hearing of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - A Re-Hearing of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight As J.A. Burrow has recently reminded us, Middle English literature "requires the silent reader to resist, if he can, the tyranny of the eye and to hear. Certain of the writings ... make a further requirement. They treat the reader, not just as a hearer, but as an audience or group of hearers" (Medieval Writers 1). Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is such a poem, a literate composition designed for oral performance, bearing the imprint of a poet skilled at once in manipulating a text and using it to affect his audience in ways outside the scope of the oral poet....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Sir Gawain Preparing Himself and His Neck - Sir Gawain Preparing Himself and His Neck Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, written by an anonymous fourteenth-century poet, describes the Arthurian legend about the Green Knight’s game with Sir Gawain. Now almost a year passes since the Green Knight has started a friendly challenge of a blow for a blow. And it is time for Sir Gawain to prepare and to meet the Green Knight to receive his strike. Sir Gawain sees how the people around him care for him and wish he didn’t have to go....   [tags: Arthurian Legands English Literature Essays]
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Beowulf and Sir Gawain: a Comparison of Two Heroes - In Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight there are two heroes that help the present day reader gain insight into what the hero of the Middle Ages would have held as ideals and necessary triumphs. Beowulf and Sir Gawain each fill a different role within their unique societies. Beowulf is a leader and a savior in times of need, willing to go to any length to help another group of people as well as his own kingdom. Sir Gawain is also willing to rise during moments of trouble within his court but lacks the altruism that is inherent in Beowulf's leadership....   [tags: World Literature] 1053 words
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A Comparison of Beowulf, Sir Gawain and King Arthur as Heroes - Beowulf, Sir Gawain and King Arthur - Three Heroes The three heroes discussed here, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and King Arthur, are heroes for different reasons. Beowulf, our earliest hero, is brave but his motivation is different than then other two. To Sir Gawain personal honor and valor is what is important. King Arthur, Sir Gawain's uncle, is naturally the quintessential king of the medieval period. Though all men to a certain extent share the same qualities, some are more pronounced than in the others....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1082 words
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Sir Gawain And The Green Knight: The Role Of Women - In the fourteenth century, chivalry was in decline due to drastic social and economic changes. Although feudalism-along with chivalry-would eventually fall for other reasons, including a decrease in cheap human resources due to a drop in population caused by plague epidemics and the emergence of a mercantile middle class, the Gawain author perceived a loss of religious values as the cause of its decline. Gawain and the Green Knight presents both a support of the old feudal hierarchies and an implicit criticism of changes by recalling chivalry in its idealized state in the court of King Arthur....   [tags: essays research papers] 2322 words
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Heroism in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf - Heroism in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf A hero, according to Webster’s New World Dictionary, is someone who commits an act of remarkable bravery or who has shown great courage, strength of character, or another admirable quality. He is looked up to for the brave and noble things he has done. Though Beowulf and Sir Gawain are both considered heroes they each have many different qualities. For Beowulf his reputation as a hero depends on the opinion of others within his society, for Gawain Christianity determines his bravado....   [tags: Heroes Chivalry Epics Literature Essays] 686 words
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A Comparison of Religion in Sir Gawain and Green Knight and Othello - Role of Religion in Sir Gawain and Othello      Respect for religion and government is an important part of any country, but what happens to a country when these values begin to change?  England was beginning to go through this change in 1603 when Othello was written by William Shakespeare.  Comparing the religious themes and heroes of Othello to the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which was written during the Middle English era, will demonstrate just how far England had come.  Both heroes are clearly religious, but Gawain maintains his faith until the end, while Othello falls into the snare of temptation.  The spiritual hero of Middle English is quite different from the tragic h...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Role of Women in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - The Role of Women in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In the Fourteenth Century, Feudalism and its offspring, chivalry, were in decline due to drastic social and economic changes. In this light, _Sir Gawain and the Green Knight_ presents both a nostalgic support of the feudal hierarchies and an implicit criticism of changes, which, if left unchecked will lead to its ultimate destruction. I would suggest that the women in the story are the Gawain poet's primary instruments in this critique and reinforcement of Feudalism....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Animal Symbology in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Lais - In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Lais of Marie de France, the authors use animals as metaphors for human actions, and as characters. By analyzing the use of these animals, we are able to explore the meaning the authors were trying to communicate through specific scenes. The Book of Beasts, a translation by T.H. White (1984 ed.), provides a medieval standpoint when analyzing the use of animals in the Lais and in Gawain. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, there is specific use of three animals as metaphors for human actions....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 789 words
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A Comparison of Perfection in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Perfection in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight The heroes of both Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are fighters. However, the traits they have in common are far less numerous than those that set them apart. As each of the two is dubbed perfect by his contemporaries, it should be possible to draw the picture of both the model warrior and the paragon knight by comparing Beowulf and Gawain. The first question to arise is that of leadership. In Beowulf, the hero is referred to as "prince"*, the "helmet-of-Weders"**, or "master-friend"***....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1074 words
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Fabric And Jewelery In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight - Erin Kilkenny English Comp & Lit Cathy Seigel March 7, 2000 Sir Gawain Essay In literature, insights into characters, places, and events are often communicated to the reader by symbolic references within the text. This is the case in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight....   [tags: essays research papers] 765 words
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Three Arthurian Misfits of Gawain and the Green Knight - Three Arthurian Misfits of Gawain and the Green Knight "Hevys hys handys one heghte, and to the hevene lokes: 'Qwhythene hade Dryghttyne destaynede at his dere wille That he hade demyd me todaye to dy for yow alle.'" p. 264 Awholly determined and brave commitment, mouthed by a gracious king. The Gawain poet, however approaches Arthur much differently in his tale. In stanza five, he describes the hot-blooded nature of the king, who makes rash demands as a rule before eating. Stanza twelve shows us a king who is overwhelmed in speech by the Green Knight, and who seems to have ignored the challenger's statement of peace completely....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1552 words
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Portrayal of Women in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and "Lanval" - In medieval literature, the role of women often represents many familiar traits and characteristics which present societies still preserve. Beauty, attractiveness, and grace almost completely exemplify the attributes of powerful women in both present and past narratives. European medieval prose often separates the characteristics of women into two distinct roles in society. Women can be portrayed as the greatest gift to mankind, revealing everything that is good, pure, and beautiful in a woman's life....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1384 words
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King Arthur's Court - ... However, what made knights great was their acts of chivalry. A knight who displayed chivalry boasted ideal qualifications, including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms. For example, in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain makes a speech to King Arthur (117-134) and within the speech he demonstrates two examples of chivalrous behavior. First, Gawain refers to Guenevere as “my liege lady” (120) which by definition mean that he is forever at her service. In addition, Gawain shows humility in lines 128-131 by declaring himself “weak” and his mind “feeble” thereby praising the king....   [tags: knighthood, Sir Gawain, chivalry] 695 words
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Medieval Literature and King Arthur - As humans we fancy creating heroic figures. Whether fact or fiction, there always made larger than life. All was the same in medieval times. Although, instead of using movies or social media they used literature.Throughout history, literature has always been crucial. Through it we are able to learn about culture and build an assortment of knowledge. During the 12th century if you were to ask any country man in Britain to bring to life a popular heroic figure, they would clamor King Arthur. But guess what, the knowledge these men had of King Arthur all came through literature....   [tags: Gawain, Sir Bedevere, heroic figures] 650 words
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight, a poem of pitting chivalrous courage against a game of deceitful trickery, relies heavily on the symbolic messages its protagonists send through their apparel. The anonymous poet dedicates numerous lines to describing the artifacts of armor, clothing, and jewelry both characters display. Dress, designed to convey a multitude of concepts is crucial to the story's plot; the elements of garb also work in tandem to reaffirm specific personality traits. The dominant role and emphasis of apparel as portrayed by the poet is in part a logical extension of the medieval culture climate in which the poem was penned....   [tags: Poetry] 1618 words
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Beowulf - A Medieval Hero - Day by day, individuals are faced with challenges that lead to extremes. People confront hurdles while achieving everything they are obligated to do. Every day, ordinary people are to some extent a hero. It is normal for people to face obstacles and barriers when performing their duty. But within those people, the ones that do not quit due to their frustration are the real heroes. What people today refer to when they think of hero is someone strong and brave who protects the feeble ones. It is true a hero must be stalwart and bold, for a medieval hero to be distinguished one must also overcome their fears in order to achieve success....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1887 words
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Oh, That Jolly Green Giant - Oh, That Jolly Green Giant In a land of magic, love, betrayal, hatred, loyalty and mystery, there exists a kingdom called Camelot. At the heart of Camelot are the Knights of the Round Table who maintain their loyalty to King Arthur. From the famed knights emerges one knight, who stands out as being traditionally the most loyal, chivalrous, and courtly of all: Sir Gawain. It is during one of Arthur's New Year's feast, that a stranger rudely gallops into the great hall and begins what will be a yearlong test for Sir Gawain....   [tags: King Arthur Literature Essays]
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