A Medieval Romance in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Donna Palmieri
Dr. Timothy Strode
English 205 AA1
16-March-11

A Medieval Romance in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The poem of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, by an unknown author is in regards to a medieval romance. The identity of Gawain is pentangle and his courtly love to be a perfect knight. The most prominent women are Bercilak’s wife (name is Lady), Guinevere and Morgan le Faye. I will tell you the women Gawain had on his journey. As well as the three kisses, and what he had received for them.
The identity of Gawain in the pentangle resembles the five-pointed star, which protects him with its own magic seal. A symbol of truth, the star has the five points and ...

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Bertilak appears to be a seductress, when she is actually loyal to her husband and only testing Gawain on her husband’s behalf. Queen Guinevere is either a person, who inspires loyalty from Arthur’s knights, or strong dislikes, is it a faithless affair, it supposed to lead to the destruction of the Round Table. As for Morgan le Faye, she has the reputation of being Arthur’s rival, but in some parts they reconcile, and even leads him to his final resting place in Avalon.
The quotation that I seem very impressed was:
“As I heard it in hall, I shall hasten to tell anew.
As it was fashioned featly in tale do derring-do,
And linked in measures meetly by letters tried and true.” (31-36)

As I interpret this, “As it was fashioned fealty in tale do derring-do” as what he heard was a daring tale of loyalty and bravery. “And linked in measures meetly and true” means that the story’s words and description are “meetly letters,” things that are proper and appropriate: words that are ...

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This quote was also important:

“Gawain was glad to begin those games in hall,
But if the end be harsher, hold it no wonder,
For though men are merry in mind after much drink,
A year passes apace, and proves ever new:
First things and final conform but seldom. (495-499)

This passage from part two was brought to my attention; it describes the passage of time, an occurrence that the poet develops to highlight the necessary uncertainty of the natural world, including mankind. No matter what any man does, he will be touched and changed overtime. The poem resists the circular nature of a year, which “proves ever new,” to a linear nature of a human experience, which in Gawain’s ...

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