Arthur refuses to eat, however, until someone tells him of some adventure or miracle. As if on cue, an enormous green knight on a green horse rushes into the court and challenges the court to a game: He will endure a blow from a knight if the knight will submit to a blow a year and a day later. Gawain leaps to the challenge and whacks the Green Knight with an axe, chopping off his head.
Arthur, however, refuses to eat until he has witnessed something marvelous or heard a great adventure story. Stunned by the total weirdness of his request, no one volunteers. The Green Knight mocks them cruelly, calling out Arthur himself to take up the challenge.
So Sir Gawain volunteers himself. Gawain brings the axe down on the Green Knight, chopping his head off.
Instead of dying, the Green Knight picks up his own head, turns it to face the court, and tells Gawain to meet him at the Green Chapel in a year and a day.
He gallops out of the hall on his horse as the members of the court try to pick their jaws up off of the floor. He rides through enchanted lands teeming with marvels, battling monsters, and withstanding extreme cold and snow as he travels. As Christmas approaches, Gawain is relieved to see a huge, well-protected castle in the middle of an enchanted forest.
When he arrives there he is warmly welcomed and invited to spend the holidays, enjoying the rich hospitality of the magnificent lord and his beautiful lady. After the Christmas feasting, Gawain gets ready to leave, but the lord persuades him to stay by saying that he can guide Gawain to the Green Chapel.
The lord proposes a game, moreover: The next morning, as the lord rides out in pursuit of deer, Gawain sleeps in late. They chat for a bit, and then the lady gets up to leave.
Taking the hint, Gawain kisses the lady, who then departs. Gawain and the lord continue the same game for the next two days. The lord hunts a boar and a fox while Gawain flirts with the lady of the castle. Gawain then exchanges the kisses he receives for the animals the lord has killed.
Gawain realizes that this is just the thing to save his life during his impending meeting with the Green Knight. The next morning, Gawain rides out of the castle with a guide, who points him to the Green Chapel. The guide begs Gawain to reconsider, because the man who guards it is so dangerous.
When Gawain reaches the clearing, all he sees is a small mound with patches of grass on it. He assumes this must be the chapel. He hears a noise like someone sharpening a blade.
He calls out to the sharpener to come meet him. The Green Knight emerges with his huge axe, and commends Gawain for keeping the terms of the agreement. He moves to strike the first blow, but stops his hand when Gawain flinches.
He chews Gawain out for being a sissy. After Gawain promises to flinch no more, the knight moves to strike a second blow, but again stops his hand. This time he claims he was testing to see if Gawain was ready.
Finally, the Green Knight strikes a third blow. Gawain leaps up and arms himself, telling the Green Knight that he has met the terms of the agreement and will now defend himself if threatened.
Laughing, the Green Knight explains to Gawain that he is actually the same lord of the castle where Gawain spent his holidays. The first two blows, he claims, were in return for the way Gawain returned the kisses of his wife, following the rules of their game as an honest man should.
He leaves Gawain with only with a scar and a girdle as a reminder of his very human sin. Sir Gawain, however, is totally mortified.Sir Gawain - The story’s protagonist, Arthur’s nephew and one of his most loyal initiativeblog.comgh he modestly disclaims it, Gawain has the reputation of being a great knight and courtly lover.
He prides himself on his observance of the five points of chivalry in every aspect of his life. Dec 16, · “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is one of the eerie, exuberant joys of Middle English poetry. The poem was created in the latter part of the 14th century by an unknown author who probably.
The Green Knight dismounts and bends down toward the ground, exposing his neck. Gawain lifts the axe, and in one stroke he severs the Green Knight's head. Blood spurts from the wound, and the head rolls around the room, passing by the feet of many of the guests.
However, the Green Knight does not fall from his horse. Use this review to prepare for the Sir Gawain test in Std.
Eng. Lit. with Mrs.
F. Learn with flashcards, games, and more — for free. Gawain and the Green Knight is one of my favorite Arthurian Legends. This version has Middle English and Modern English translations side-by-side, which is loads of .
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