Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Analysis Essay

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: An Analysis Jeremiah Bang History 226 April 20, 2015 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an English epic poem written around the fourteenth century. Very little is known about the author but many believe he was a university trained clerk or some other prestigious position and most likely came from northern England . The poem is a medieval romance set during the legendary reign of King Arthur and follows Sir Gawain on his quest to find and fulfill a challenge of the Green Knight. The poem gives an interesting look into the people and culture of medieval England and its ties with Roman culture and Christianity. Sir Gawain is the ideal man, both a warrior and a great Christian, but he is not perfect which gives him a more realistic image. The Green Knight is a highly debated character whose significance is a matter of many opinions . The Poem mixes Western virtues with…show more content…
And yet he was but a man, only the mightiest that might mount a steed; broad of chest and shoulders and slender of waist, and all his features of like fashion; but men marveled much at his color, for he rode even as a knight, yet was green all over. David Beauregard says in His article Moral Theology in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: The pentangle, the Green Knight, and the perfection of virtue that The Green Knight’s appearance has three symbols: the axe, the holly branch, and the color green . According to Beauregard, the holly symbolizes peace, the axe symbolizes war or martyrdom, and the green color stands for the preservation of life. When Gawain comes to receive his blow, it is revealed that The Green Knight is also the Host, and a respected knight who was set up by the sorceress Morgan Le Fey to test the fame of King Arthur’s

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