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“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”. A Medieval Romance and a tale of chivalry. Term: Chivalry. 1.  Prowess:  ability to fight. Definition of Chivalry. 2.  Loyalty:  to God, King, and lady. Definition of Chivalry. 3. Generosity:  includes gift-giving and hospitality.

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sir gawain and the green knight

“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”

A Medieval Romance and a tale

of chivalry

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The basic material of medieval romance is knightly activity and adventure; we might best define medieval romance as a story of adventure.
aspects of a medieval romance4
A tale of adventure in which knights, kings, or distressed ladies, are motivated by love, religious faith, or the mere desire for adventure. Aspects of a Medieval Romance
term allusion
a brief reference to a person, event, or place, real or fictitious, or to a work of art. Casual reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event.An allusion may be drawn from history, geography, literature, or religion. Term: Allusion
term legend
a tradition or story handed down from earlier times and popularly accepted as true but actually a mix of fact and fiction. The term is also applied to any fictitious tale concerning a real person, event, or place and is likely to be less concerned with the supernatural than a myth.Term: Legend
term symbol
A person, object, image, word, or event that evokes a range of additional meaning beyond and usually more abstract than its literal significance. Conventional symbols have meanings that are widely recognized by a society or culture.Term: symbol
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

•Author is known as 1) The Gawain Poet or 2) The Pearl Poet

•Composed around 1370

themes in sggk

Themes in SGGK

•temptation and testing

•hunting and seduction

•games

•time and seasons

•nature and chivalry

symbolism in sggk

Symbolism in SGGK

•the color green

•the green knight

•girdle

•pentangle

•numbers

•wounds

read handout entitled a look at the symbolism of the pentangle in sir gawain and the green knight

Read handout entitled “A Look at the Symbolism of the Pentangle in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”

Record what the five points of the pentangle represent.

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Use the handout entitled “A Look at the Symbolism of the Pentangle in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”

Record what the five knightly virtues are..

the introduction
The Introduction
  • It introduces the main idea of your essay. A good opening paragraph captures the interest of your reader and tells why your topic is important.
  • The main idea of the essay is stated in a single sentence called the thesis statement. You must limit your entire essay to the topic you have introduced in your thesis statement.
  • Provide some background information about your topic. You can use interesting facts, quotations, or definitions of important terms you will use later in the essay.
supporting paragraphs
Supporting Paragraphs
  • What are supporting paragraphs?Supporting paragraphs make up the main body of your essay.
  • What do they do?They develop the main idea of your essay.
  • How do I write them?

1. List the points that develop the main idea of your essay.2. Place each supporting point in its own paragraph.3. Develop each supporting point with facts, details, and examples.

conclusion
Conclusion
  • What does it do?It summarizes or restates the main idea of the essay. You want to leave the reader with a sense that your essay is complete.
  • How do I write one?1. Restate the strongest points of your essay that support your main idea. 2. Conclude your essay by restating the main idea in different words.
verb tense
Verb Tense
  • Always write about literature in the present tense
  • Always write about history in the past tense
  • Be sure you do not change tenses in your writing
transitions
Transitions
  • Use transitions to give writing a smooth flow
  • Use to connect one idea to the next
  • Avoid transitions like first, second, third, etc.
  • Use them between and within paragraphs
  • Make sure transitions are being used properly
sentence structure
Sentence Structure
  • Simple
  • Compound
  • Complex
  • Vary your sentence structure, and use introductory phrases and clauses for interest.
diction
Diction
  • Avoid words like good, bad, things, a lot
  • Avoid use of clichés
  • Use a thesaurus to find more interesting words
  • Avoid using the same words over and over
prepositions
Prepositions
  • Avoid ending sentences with a preposition.

Example: In order to uphold the code of chivalry, Gawain must honor the agreement he and the Green Knight agreed upon.

Remedy: In order to uphold the code of chivalry, Gawain must honor the agreement upon which he and the Green Knight agreed.

personal pronouns
Personal Pronouns
  • You, I, me, we, etc.
  • Quite simply, do NOT use these in your essays!!!
comma splices
Comma Splices
  • What is a comma splice?

an error caused by joining two independent clauses (sentences) with only a comma

Example: Sir Gawain is not only a knight of the Round Table but is King Arthur’s nephew as well, he fights the infamous Green Knight.

remedies
Remedies

SEMICOLON:

Sir Gawain is not only a knight of the Round Table but is King Arthur’s nephew as well; he fights the infamous Green Knight.

COORDINATING CONJUNCTION:

Sir Gawain is not only a knight of the Round Table but is King Arthur’s nephew as well, and he fights the infamous Green Knight.

pronoun antecedent agreement
Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement
  • An antecedent is the word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers, understood by the context.
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Incorrect

Although Gawain is considered to be one of the most noble knights of the Round Table, they occasionally fall short of meeting the expectations of the chivalric code.

Correct

Although Gawain is considered to be one of the most noble knights of the Round Table, he occasionally falls short of meeting the expectations of the chivalric code.

commas coordinating conjunctions
Commas/Coordinating Conjunctions
  • Only use a commas with a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, so) when connecting two complete sentences.
  • Example:

Gawain, a courteous knight of the Round Table, accepts the Green Knight’s challenge, and he stays true to the covenant upon which the two agreed.

commas with introductory words
Introductory words like however, still, furthermore, and meanwhile create continuity from one sentence to the next; use a comma to set these apart.

Example.

Gawain accepts the terms of the Green Knight’s game. However, the young knight must wait a year and a day to search for the mysterious, headless man.

Commas with Introductory Words
proofread
Proofread!!!
  • Do NOT rely on spell check. The computer does not know the difference between “there” and “their.”
  • Print a copy of your final draft, and proofread it with a pen. You WILL catch more errors doing this rather than proofing on a screen.
  • Read your paper aloud to yourself. You will usually “HEAR” your mistakes.