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Author

Unknown, but we can infer the following:

About mid 1300s
Probably aristocratic because of the knowledge of the courtly ways
Educated
Very gifted

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Themes

Exposition of Appearance vs. truth
Sir Gawain appears the idea knight, but is he?

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Medical romance

Kinda like a fairy tale
Idealizes chivalry codes
Knights love for a lady
Supernatural elements
Repetition of #3

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3 traditional plots

1. Beheading game
2. Hero's temptation
3. The exchange game

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So what is the poem?

A medieval comedy of manners, from a Christian viewpoint

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King Arthur

The king o the round table, he and his court is challenged by the green night. P

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sir Gawain

He is the heroic knight who accepts the green knights challenge. He is also Arthur's nephew

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Gringolet

Gawains noble steed who whisks him away on A journey to find the green knight

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The green knight

He challenges sir Arthur's court to axe him, and later let him axe them

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Lord of the caste, Bercilack

A.K.A the green knight
He welcomes sir Gawain into his castle were the exchange game takes place

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Lady of the castle

She tempts Gawain and gives him the invincibility belt

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Morgana lefay

Cats a spell on The Lord of the castle, she is Gawains aunt

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Anachronistic

Out of place/time period
Ex: the poem looks back 200 years at the golden chivalry

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Hyperbole

Great exaggeration

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Motifs

The number 3 (3 hunts, 3 temptations, 3 prayers to Mary)

Games (beheading, the hunt)

Oxymorons (spring Christmas, old ugly women and young beautiful women at the castle)

Colors

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5 points of the star

1.5 virtues of a knight
2 5 scenes
3. 5 fingers
4. The wounds of Christ
5.5 joys if Mary

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5 part characterization

1 physical description
2 speech (what he say)
3 actions (what he do)
4 thoughts (what he think)
5 reacts with others