Literary Analysis Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Zach Beckner February 5th, 2017 Literary Studies Professor Carey Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Formal Essay: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a classic medieval tale by Pearl Poet depicting a variety of morals such as chivalry, “trawthe”, honor, fortitude, and more throughout the story of a young knight, Sir Gawain, who served as part of King Arthur’s court at the Round Table. One Christmas, King Arthur and his royal court were celebrating the holiday as well as the upcoming New Year with an extravagant feast and lavish party. In the midst of the party, an enormous green knight unexpectedly enters the court on his horse and tells King Arthur and his knights that he does not wish for a dual, but rather, to participate in a Christmas game. The rules of the game were simple: A free strike to the head of the Green Knight in exchange for the same blow delivered by the Green Knight precisely one year later. In the beginning, King Arthur was going to participate in the game, that is, until Sir Gawain stepped up and insisted he play the game instead of the royal king of Camelot. Eventually, Sir Gawain bestowed the blow upon the knight’s head and shortly after the Green Knight proceeded to pick his head up off the floor (much to the astonishment of everyone) as if nothing had even happened. The Green Knight, with head in hand, then said “Be prepared to perform what you promised me, Gawain; According to your oath in this hall in these knight’s hearing, go to the Green

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