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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Transcript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Who Is the Author?
Sir Gawain-protagonist, nephew of King Arthur, great knight, humble, loyal, and a polite lover
Green Knight– antagonist, supernatural being, takes oaths seriously
Lord Bertilak– generous, hospitable, magically enchanted by Morgan, is the Green Knight
Lady Bertilak– beautiful, flirtatious, clever, pawn of Morgan le Fay
There are several settings in the poem
Camelot-King Arthur's feastings
the wilderness-Sir Gawain's journey
Bertilak’s castle-Temporary refuge for Sir Gawain
the Green Chapel-meeting place for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Rules and Order-Two Games:
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight exchange blows
Sir Gawain exchanges whatever he gains during the day spent at the castle with whatever Lord Bertilak catches from his hunt
Time- Sir Gawain takes up challenge from the Green Knight on Christmas Eve
He must find the Green Knight the following year to fulfill his contract
The Supernatural- Some examples include:
Green Knight still alive after his head was chopped off
Green Knight is really Lord Bertilak who was enchanted by the great Morgan le Fay
Behind the Poem
A Closer Look On the Pearl Poet
Although the author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight remains a mystery, it is assumed that the author of the two other poems (The Pearl & Sir Orfeo) that were included in the same manuscript, also wrote Sir Gawain.
Sir Gawain was written back in the 14th Century in West Midlands, England. Originally written in Middle English, it is now translated into Modern English by the famous J.R.R. Tolkien.
The writing styles in all three poems also supported the assumption.
Full Name: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
DOB: Jan. 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Education: King Edward’s School; Exeter College
Career: Linguist, Fantasy Author
DOD: Sept. 2, 1973 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Best Known For: The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
King Arthur–young ruler of Camelot
Morgan Le Fay– half sister of King Arthur, powerful sorcerer, aims to bring trouble to her brother
Sir Gawain agrees to challenge the Green Knight
He goes on a quest, one year later, to meet the Green Knight (as promised)
His journey is a treacherous one, draining him of hope and strength
Lord Bertilak takes him in
The lord will give whatever he catches during his hunt to Gawain in return for anything he gains while staying in the castle
Lady Bertilak tries to seduce Gawain each night but to no avail
Gawain stays true to the contract but on the last day, he keeps the girdle he got from Lady Bertilak
He sets off in search of the Green Knight at the Green Chapel
The Green Knight strikes him 3 times and the contract ends
The Green Knight reveals himself as Lord Bertilak and calls out Gawain’s flaw
Gawain is spared but as a result, he wore the girdle as a reminder of his sin
He returns to Camelot where all the people and King Arthur style a girdle in support.
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