Sir gawain and the green knightPresentation Transcript
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight(Medieval Romance?)
Definition of Medieval Romance The term medieval romance is originally derived from Latin. It later came to refer to the French and their style and characteristics of writing.
Romance Characteristics A Romance is normally a tale of high adventure and also follows a quest. The story of Gawain is a tale of high adventure with all of the tests Gawain has to complete and there are also different temptations he has to resist. Gawain’s entire story is a quest.
Characteristics Con. Chivalry plays a large part in The Green Knight also. The only reason Gawain takes on the challenge in the first place is because its rude and not chivalrous to let your king accept a challenge. Gawain’s openness to adventure is also a key part in medieval romances. He has to show that he has courage and a skill in arms. Another key part in romances is the love of women. Gawain is said to be a ladies man even though he is “pure”. All of the ladies are drawn to him and he does not deny them.
Setting Sir Gawain was first introduced in the imaginary fantasy land of Camelot. It begins in the courts of Camelot and as the story moves on, Gawain faces challenges in the wilderness.
Supernatural/Mysticism The green knight himself is a supernatural being. He is a giant and he is green. When Gawain tried to kill him by cutting off his head, he just picked it up and left the castle on his giant horse, he was still headless by the way. There is also the repetition of 3’s. The three temptations or tests that Gawain has to face during the story.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight This story is definitely a Medieval Romance. It has most, if not all, of the characteristics of a typical medieval romance. Gawain is a very loyal, christlike person and would do anything and everything for his king.