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  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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    In the Fourteenth Century, Feudalism and its offspring, chivalry, were in decline due to drastic social and economic changes. In this light, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight presents both a nostalgic support of the feudal hierarchies and an implicit criticism of changes, which, if left unchecked will lead to its ultimate destruction. I would suggest that the women in the story are the Gawain poet's primary instruments in this critique and reinforcement of Feudalism. By positioning The Virgin Mary...
  • Sir Gawain At The Green Chapel
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    Sir Gawain and the Hunt Parallels Throughout the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Pearl Poet uses symbolism to convey to the reader more clearly what is happening, and what will happen in the poem. In part three of this poem, the poet uses the symbolism of the three days of the hunt to visually portray to the reader what is happening to Sir Gawain in his bedchamber. The poet's detailed description of the slaughtering of the animals following each day's hunt serves as a foreshadowing of ...
  • Sir Gawain's Self Proclaimed Sin Of Covetousness
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    From the first time I read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight I have been troubled by the question of whether or not Sir Gawain was right or wrong in lying in order to keep the girdle and save his life. He was torn between honesty and his own life. The question he was forced to ask himself was "what did he value more: his honesty or his life Many scholars have struggled with this question for centuries, as well as the questions of why Gawain made the decision that he did, how guilty he "really" fel...
  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight contains many themes. Some of these themes are more obvious than others. Love, lust, loyalty, deceit, trust, courage, virtue, and righteousness are most of the themes within the poem. There are some more that are hidden within the concepts of the ideas that the poem presents. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by John Gardner, many different themes are addressed throughout the story. The translation by John Gardner portrays these themes by using specif...
  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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    When a reader hears "Camelot,"King Arthur", or "the Round Table", the first word that springs to mind is usually "chivalry". Chivalry is the cornerstone of the Arthurian mythos, and it was the decline of chivalry that brought about the fall of Camelot. Chivalry and its decline in these tales were not just meant to entertain the readers of the day. They were also meant to instruct people in the ways of chivalry, and present the problems that could result from discarding the ideals it represents. ...

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