Sir Gawain And The Green Knight



utilizes the convention of the
French-influenced romance. What sets this work apart from regular Arthurian
or chivalric romances is the poet's departure from this convention. The
clearest departure takes place at the resolution of the piece as the hero,
Sir Gawain, is stricken with shame and remorse rather than modest knightly
pride, even after facing what appears to be certain death and returning to
his king alive and well. Although this manner of closure would leave much
to be desired for an audience who is interested in reading a ridigly
conventional romance, the coexistence of the romantic convention with the
departure from it inspires questions concerning why the author would ...

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other in order to remain a whole, the narrative could be considered as a
What accompanies an appreciation for the seemingly sudden shift
from the typical romance at the end of the piece is the raised awareness
that the change does only seem to be sudden. Careful exlporation of the
plot, setting, and character descriptions illuminates several deviations
from the established convention of the ideal society existing within the
text. The effect is then a type of balancing act-- blah blah blah
The opening of the piece sets a fairly typical stage for an
Anthurian romance, giving relevant historical and geographical information.
King Arthur's court is going on as it is expected to be within the social
constructs, merrily feasting and celebrating the Christmas holiday. The
entrance of the Green Knight into Arthur's court marks a significant event.
He is a courtly figure from their recognizable world. He appears as a
knight ought to appear: tall, handsome, and fashionably ...

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