Sir Gawain Poem Review by supercalifragilistic

Sir Gawain
This paper discusses the aspects of morality as demonstrated by Sir Gawain in the poetic narrative of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'.
# 97903 | 1,182 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Sep 04, 2007 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , Religion and Theology (General)

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In this article, the writer notes that chivalry refers to the moral code that was an intrinsic part of the world of Sir Gawain and King Arthur's court. The writer discusses that chivalric ethics and moral code also play an essential part in showing the difference between the higher values of a civilized Christian world as opposed to the " fallen" natural world. In the poetic narrative of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" one is presented with the efforts to maintain these higher moral values, as exemplified in the Chivalric code, through the test that Gawain has to undergo. This moral code is seen in the way that Sir Gawain responds to the various moral tests that he is exposed to. The writer concludes that the poem shows the importance of higher moral values and also the difficulty of maintaining perfect virtue in a fallen world.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allen Valerie. Sir Gawain: Cowardyse and the Fourth Pentad" in The Review of English Studies, vol. XLIII (1992), pp. 181-93. R.E. Alton, editor. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992.
  • Development of British Christianity in Sir Gawain and Pearl. March 1, 2007.
  • Conrad, Peter. The Everyman History of English Literature. London: J.M. Dent and Sons, 1985.
  • Newhauser Richard. "Sources II: Scriptural and Devotional Sources" in A Companion to the Gawain-Poet, pp. 257-75. Derek Brewer and Jonathan Gibson, editors. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1997.
  • Sir Gawain and The Green Knight: Text Analysis: Passages 203-278. March 1, 2007.

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