Women in "Sir Gawain and The Green Knight"
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When the poem "Sir Gawain and The Green Knight" was written by an anonymous author in the 14th Century, chivalry was in decline due to drastic social and economic changes. The paper shows that although the poem appears to be a romantic celebration of chivalry, it contains wide-ranging serious criticism of the system. The paper examines the role of the women of the poem and shows how women and feminine symbols are the author's weapons in assigning blame for the end of the feudal economy and way of life.
From the Paper:"This loss of devotion and faith is his undoing for it was his faith in Mary, through the contemplation of her five joys and her symbol on the back of her shield, which gave him his prowess and courage. With a weakening of his faith in her, Gawain is prey to the Lady's offer of another sign to protect him, the girdle. In this way he becomes guilty of the sin of fearfulness, as Gawain himself names it when his failings are revealed to him by the Green Knight. Gawain has traded the protection of a holy figure and his patron, the Virgin Mary, for a sorceress' protection. Viewed in the Christian perspective of the author, Gawain is trading divine protection for small comfort under the protection of black magic, in effect making a deal with the devil."
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