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Sir Gawain and the Loathly

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Transcript of Sir Gawain and the Loathly

Tone and Mood
Theme
The tone of the short story was merry, and had a childhood fairytale feeling (i.e. castles, kings and queens, knights, etc).
The mood of the narrative was kind of dark, and mysterious (i.e. dark knight, dark horse, dark armor, etc).
The theme of the story is that everyone should get a choice of what happens to them. At the end of the story, Sir Gawain (in response to the Loathly Lady's question) gave the woman the choice and to have her own way, whether to be pretty during the day and the night. examples today of this is abortion and rape. women should have a choice whether or not they feel comfortable with abortion. Also, rape is NEVER ok. that is one thing men and women should always have a choice in. We highly agree with the theme of the short narrative Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady.
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The Plot
Literary Devices
Imagery: "Her nose was a pig's snout; from a misshapen mouth stuck out two yellowing rows of horse's teeth; her cheeks were covered in sores; she had only one eye, rheumy and red-rimmed; and from a naked scalp hung a few lank strands of hair" (Hastings 178).

Simile: "...and her fingers, on which were several fine rings, were as gnarled as the roots of an old oak" (Hastings 178).

Symbol: "...but his great sword Excalibur, whose magic protected him from harm, was lying far away in Camelot" (Hastings 177).

Foreshadowing: The riddle the Black Knight asked the King, "What is it that women most desire?" (Hastings 177) is foreshadowing since after the king found out that it is 'getting her own way'. At the end, getting her own choice freed the woman from her curse.
Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady
By Selina Hastings in Review

The Characters:

-Sir Gawain - young
- loyal
- eager
- innocent
- courageous

-Loathly Lady -kind
- patient
- calm

-King Arthur -level-headed
- confident
- concerned
- caring

-The Black Knight -dark
-mysterious
-brave
-greedy
The Setting

It takes place in the winter, around Christmastime and new years. They are staying at the Castle of Carlisle near the Inglewood forest. It is important to know the setting so you can better understand what is happening in the story, it is how it begins, and it tells you important details that you need to know to further appreciate the narrative.
Perspective

Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady is told in third person perspective. We know this because the narrator is not part of the short story but sees all events and characters. It is not omniscient because the narrator does not know the thoughts of the characters.
The Conflict

The conflict in Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady is man versus man. we know this because the main conflict was when the Black Knight threatened the King and his kingship. So the conflict would be between the King and the Knight, so its man versus man.
Beginning

King Arthur and his court went to the Castle of Carlisle for the holidays.
Inciting Incident

The Black knight challenges King Arthur for the throne and the kingdom. He asks the king what women most desire, and if the king got the right answer, he would let him go.
Rising Action

On his way home the King asks all the women what they most desire, but there are no good answers. King Arthur meets the Loathly Lady and she tells him what women most desire is to have their own way. the King beats the Black Knight and as repayment, he offers the Loathly Lady a knight as her husband. They get married.
Climax

The Loathly Lady becomes pretty after the wedding, but she can not stay that way, so she offers Sir Gawain, the knight that is now her husband, a choice, she could either be beautiful during the day and ugly at night, or ugly during the day and beautiful at night.

Falling Action

After much thought, Sir Gawain decides to give the choice to the Loathly Lady.
The End

The Loathly Lady becomes permanently pretty, for Sir Gawain freed her of a spell that required someone to give her the choice to choose. After that, they lived happily ever after
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