Presentation on theme: "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"— Presentation transcript:
1 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Cultural and character backgrounds
2 The Author The author of the poem is known only as “The Pearl Poet.” Written in northwestern England around 1370The language and topics indicate that the author was most likely familiar with French, Latin, the aristocracy, and the medieval romance genre.
3 Medieval Romance Characteristics embody the ideals of chivalryset in a remote time or placeemphasize rank and social distinctionsconvey sense of supernaturalhero engaged in pure adventureinclude lovefeature spontaneous fighting
4 Stages of a Medieval Romance Undertaking a dangerous questFacing a test of honor or courageA return to the point from which the quest began
5 Poetic Devices Heavy alliteration Bob and wheel verse: each section ends with a short line called a bob, followed by the wheel, which are longer lines that rhyme.
6 Themes Tests of character The power of nature to revive or destroy man Games to prove worthinessMale/female opposition
7 Characters Sir Gawain: A young knight ready for challenge The Green Knight: A mysterious figure who proposes a questLord Bercilak: Allows Gawain to stay at his castle during his questLady Bercilak: Seduces GawainKing Arthur: Leader of Camelot
8 Sir GawainSir Gawain is a Knight of the Round Table in the legends of King Arthur.He is depicted as both a ruthless warrior and a noble and courageous man.As a knight, Sir Gawain would have had to uphold the code of chivalry.
9 Code for Knights Physical ideals for knights: - strength Sir Gawain would have been expected to adhere to physical and nonphysical ideals.Physical ideals for knights:- strength- skill at arms- horsemanshipNonphysical ideals for knights:- courage- humility- courtesy- loyalty
10 Theories on the Meaning of the Color Green fertility and rebirthlovethe devil or evil (from early English folklore)deathAll are seen in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which could suggest a focus on the cycle of life or the transitions from good to evil.