Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Lines 928-994) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a tale that was written in the fourteenth century. It is an intriguing tale including romance, magic, action, and betrayal. The story opens with a Christmas celebration in which King Arthur refuses to eat until he hears a knightly tale or receives a challenge. The Green Knight enters the scene, and King Arthur receives his challenge. The challenge is a strike for a strike, and the prize is the Green Knight's axe.
However, before Arthur can strike the blow, Sir Gawain speaks up, asking if he can replace the King in this game because he does not think the King should take the responsibility upon himself. The court agrees to let Gawain take the challenge, and the King blesses him. Gawain goes to the Green Knight, who asks his name and then accepts him as the challenger. Gawain asks the Knight where he will find him in a year, and the Knight tells him that he will learn after he takes his strike. The Green Knight bows his head, baring his neck for the blow, and Gawain swings the ax and chops off the Knight's head.
Passage Analysis of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In this passage, we find ourselves in King Arthur's court during a Christmas feast. A Green Knight has just proposed a challenge before the court, a game in which a blow for a blow shall be given. Seeing that no one is willing to accept this challenge, King Arthur himself steps up to the Green Knight, ready to defend his honor. Sir Gawain, being a noble knight, asks the court if he can replace King Arthur in the game. His wish is granted.
The game the Green Knight wishes to play would bring any player to their deaths. Because of this, Sir Gawain accepts the challenge instead of King Arthur. If King Arthur was killed, there would be no one to rule his kingdom. This kind of bravery was highly regarded for knights and expected of them. After Sir Gawain took his swing against the Green Knight and the Green Knight survives despite losing his head, Sir Gawain must keep up his end of the deal by going to have his head chopped off.
In the story Sir Gawain and The Green Knight the author is Sir Thomas. The story has a religious background and is about a rivalry between Sir Gawain and the Green Knight that all started at a festival on New Year’s Eve at King Author’s court. The Green Knight challenges the leader or anyone willing to take the challenge to a “game.” The knight states he will allow whoever takes on the test to strike him with his own axe, on the grounds that the acceptor find him in about a years’ time to receive the same blow back in return. King Arthur is shocked but accepts the challenge. Just as he begins to agree to the terms Sir Gawain jumps up and asks to take on the test himself.
(Gawain; lines 284-285) The game’s rules were that King Arthur should get the Green Knight’s axe to cut him and then a year and one day from the New Year’s Ball, the Green Knight would come back and do the same thing to King Arthur. (Gawain; line 290) The King’s reaction was shocking, however he accepted to this ridiculous game. When th... ... middle of paper ... ... line 2365) King Arthur’s actions whether good or bad are supported by his loyal followers and brave knights. The theme of power is evident because even when Sir Gawain can try to escape from his own death, he decides not to in order to keep his King proud. In Gawain and in all the knights thoughts, if the King’s words were not followed, they were not worthy of having the privilege of being a knight.
The intruder is a knight completely dressed in green, with his face obstructed by a brilliant green helmet. The knight approaches the bystanders atop green horse, asking if any would dare to accept a challenge to a game in honor of the holiday. Seeing that none will accept the challenge, King Arthur himself almost accepts before his nephew, Sir Gawain, pleads for the opportunity to display his bravery. The Green Knight accepts and lowers his head for Sir Gawain to strike. In one swift movement Gawain beheads the knight, and in one more swift movement the Knight unwaveringly stands up and picks his severed head from the floor.
This is the natural world testing the civilization, making it a separation and conflict between the two. Once the Green Knight nicks Gawain’s neck with the axe, he says, “The person who repays / will live to feel no fear. / The third time, though, you strayed, / and felt my blade therefore,” (2354-2357). Because Gawain kept the green girdle that Bertilak’s wife gave him, Gawain broke his contract with Bertilak because he was afraid of dying. Gawain’s own fear of death made him turn to natural instincts; doing everything he could to possibly survive the beheading game.
The first game introduced in the story starts with the Green Knight's arrival at Arthur's court. Many people of Arthur's court believe him to be a game set up by Arthur, but in fact the Green Knight is the one creating the game. The Green Knight gives a long speech praising Arthur and his court and offers a task to test if the court lives up to its praises. “I offer the axe—who'll have it as his own? I'll afford one free hit from which I won't flinch, and promise that twelve m... ... middle of paper ... ...” (2383-2384).
This is when the hero of the story is drawn into some type of journey, challenge, or adventure. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this step occurs after the Green Knight enters the castle and requests a challenge, and no one but King Arthur will accept it. Then, Sir Gawain says, "I beseech you uncle, to grant me a kindness. Let this contest be mine. Gentle lord, give me permission to leave this table and stand in your place there" (Ponsor 127).