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sir-gawain-and-the-green-knight-the-pearl-poetSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Project Gutenberg, University of RochesterCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Project Gutenberg, University of RochesterCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.UNCLESAME PERSONThe Green Knight Powerful, mysterious man; has magical powers Bertilak de HautdesertJovial lord; hosts Gawain Sir GawainMost honorable knight at Arthurs round table King ArthurNoble, kind ruler; creator of the chivalric code Lady of HautdesertBeautiful, sultry bride of Bertilak; tempts Gawainf it is battle that thou cravest, thou shalt not fail of a fight here.King Arthur, Fytte the FirstWays Gawain was said tobe faithful to each of thefive virtues and his five senses, as symbolized bythe five-point star Year the “beheading gamewas first mentioned in literature, in The Book of the Dun Cow Swings the Green Knight takes at Gawain, one for each bargain made in castle Hautdesert (only one lands)Lines of poetic prose inthe original Middle English manuscript >2,5005c. 11003Sir Gawain and the Green Knightby the NumbersThis anonymous author from Northwest England was named by historians after the poem Pearl, which is found in the same manuscript as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. By using English, French, and even Scandinavian-based colloquial words, the Pearl Poet conjured up fantastical worlds that readers adore.THE PEARL POETC. 14TH CENTURYTraditionFeasts and honorable contests drive the storys action and keep Gawain from refusing the Green Knight. TrialsBy accepting the Green Knights initial challenge to return in a year so the knight can try to behead him, Gawain also agrees to meet any challenge set to him within the year.ReligionThe Green Knight represents Englands pagan heritage, while Gawain is its growing Christian influence.ThemesAuthorMain CharactersHonestyGawains honesty is tested when he feels he must lie to the Green Knight to save his own life.Set in winter, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells the tale of a beheading challenge set forth by the supernatural Green Knight and the adventures that befall Sir Gawain once he accepts. Not all is as it seems, and Gawain—a member of King Arthurs round table—soon faces trials that call into question his own truthful, trustworthy nature.Honor Above All ElseSYMBOLSAxesStand for the potential consequences that come from peoples actions The Green LaceAs a magic object,symbolizes the lies peopletell to protect othersThe PentangleRepresents the unending nature of truth and virtue The Pearl PoetLate 14th centuryMiddle EnglishEpic PoemAuthorYears WrittenOriginal LanguageSir Gawain and the Green KnightAdventure

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