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"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
This paper discusses, in detail, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight".
# 50511 | 4,030 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Apr 15, 2004 in Literature (English) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is a richly symbolic poem in which language evokes the details of the real world, while the spiritual underpinnings are always there for contemplation. The author relates that the main character in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is a knight in the court of the legendary King Arthur, and the villain in the piece is not a standard villain at all, but another knight with great powers who exists to test the qualities of Sir Gawain. The paper reveals that the political and social concerns of the 14th century are evident in the work, which directly emphasizes the valued Christian virtues of the knight and the aristocracy of the time, suggesting a concern that these truths were being challenged or were not valued as highly as they should have been.

Table of Contents
Sir Gawain
The Christian Knight
Christian Symbolism
Courtly Love

From the Paper:

"Courtesy is one of a knight's five virtues and it is Gawain's courtesy and his reputation, which cause his problems with the lady. In simple moral terms, one can simply say "no" to temptation. The lack of traditional morality that the lady displays and her flattering ways could simply be ignored if Gawain were simply a man of God. However, the lady questions his courtesy. Courtesy is a knight's worldly duty. Courtesy is an important chivalric virtue, and Gawain has to meet this challenge. The lady expects him to live up to his reputation as a romantic knight and to succumb to her charms. Gawain's "pattern of defense" has three phases. At first he feigns misunderstanding, then he claims to be unworthy, and finally he reminds the lady of her position."

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