A 12th Century Epic Romance. Is Honor Worth Dying for?.
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The Green Knight: Arthur’s inheritance (Camelot from his father Uther Pendragon)
a green man who comes to Arthur’s court in “friendship” he seeks someone in Arthur’s court who can play the “beheading game”
In English folklore and literature, Green has traditionally been used to symbolize nature and its embodied attributes, namely those of fertility and rebirth.
Where are we:
The "bob" is a very short line, sometimes of only two syllables, followed by the "wheel," longer lines with internal rhyme.
*Some internal rhyme is lost in translation.
Ex. Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
The Gawain poet is famous for this device
"stanza-" signifies regular, recurrent, and typically rhymed sections of poems
"strophe-" to signifies irregular, unrhymed subdivisions.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written in a series of strophes followed by "bob-and-wheel" stanzas.
Gawain searches for a place to celebrate Christmas and discovers a heavenly place called Hautdesert
He spends time at Hautdesert with Lord and Lady Bercilak
Each day as the Lord goes out to hunt, Gawain stays behind and “flirts” with Lady Bercilak.
Get your Interactive Reader Workbooks and turn to page 54. We will read the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Which character do you think is the most honorable?
Make sure you can answer why when we finish!