2 Sir Gawain Element of Romance Set in a remote place and time Incorporates the marvelous and miraclesHero is superior to other men and his environmentMay involve “Testing Plot”
3 Sir Gawain Testing Plot Tester is unrealistic and remote Test is extremeHero follows the higher of conflicting virtuesTester relents and allows hero to fulfill lower virtue
4 Sir Gawain Departs from Romance Calendar time/ real places Hero is one of us, not superiorTester is split: Morgan and BercilakGawain fails the test because he is human and sinfulMixture of romance and realism
6 Sir GawainThe story’s protagonist. A loyal knight to King Arthur, as well as his nephew. Gawain goes on his quest to meet the Green Knight in order to uphold his knightly values.
7 The Green KnightSir Gawain’s main opposition in the story. He is a richly decorated knight, who has green skin and hair.
8 King ArthurThe king of Camelot. Uncle of Sir Gawain. It is at his celebration feast that the Green Knight challenges the court to a game.
9 Bertilak de Hautdesert The Lord of the castle at which Gawain spends his time before meeting the Green Knight. We learn his true identity at the end of the story.
10 Minor CharactersBertilak’s wife- During the competition between Gawain and her husband, she tests Gawain’s integrity and honestyMorgan le Faye (The old lady)- Powerful sorceress trained by Merlin. Assists Lady Bertilak in testing GawainGuinevere- King Arthur’s wife and Queen. Seated next to Gawain during the court’s feast.
12 CamelotThe Holiday celebrations take place at King Arthur’s castle in Camelot. It is here that the Green Knight challenges Gawain to exchange blows with him.
13 Bertilak’s HomeOn his quest to meet the Green Knight, Gawain stays here for a short period of time.
14 The Green ChapelThe supposed home of the Green Knight. Gawain is sent here to keep his end of the bargain which he made with the Green Knight at Arthur’s holiday celebration a year prior
15 Major ConflictGawain’s struggle to decide between his duties as a knight and the worth of his own life.
16 Rising ActionGawain accepts the Green Knight’s challenge and cuts off his head. The Green Knight survives the blow and Gawain is then required to maintain his half of the challenge.
17 ClimaxGawain meets the Green Knight at the Green Chapel. After faking his first two swings, the Green Knight nicks Gawain on his third swing, only slightly cutting his neck.
18 Falling Action Confession Shame and mortification Statement of Sin: Gawain admits cowardice, covetousness, and untruthRequest for penance
19 Examples of The Code of Chivalry Thou shalt defend the Church.Thou shalt repect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.Live to serve King and Country.Live to defend Crown and Country and all it holds dear.Live one's life so that it is worthy of respect and honor.Live for freedom, justice and all that is good.Never attack an unarmed foe.
20 Examples from The Laws of Courtly Love Thou shalt avoid avarice like the deadly pestilence and shalt embrace its opposite.Thou shalt keep thyself chaste for the sake of her whom thou lovest.Boys do not love until they reach the age of maturity.When one lover dies, a widowhood of two years is required of the survivor.No one should be deprived of love without the very best of reasons.No one can love unless he is propelled by the persuasion of love.
21 QuestionsDid Sir Gawain live up to the Code of Chivalry? The Laws of Courtly Love?What does Gawain’s faults as the hero tell us about society?Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is well known for its use of alliteration. Give three examples of this literary technique from the work.
22 Anticipation GuideNumber papers Mark ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for each statement.Men often act macho to try to impress women.Women are impressed when men act macho.There are many double standards in society regarding men and women.Women should be treated equally to men in all aspects of life.The expectations for the ability of women should be equal to that of men in every career.Chivalry is dead.If a married man/woman is unhappy he/she should seek companionship elsewhere.The lives of kings are worth more than the lives of peasants.Most people try to live their lives by proper morals and virtues.It is worth it to die to save one’s honor.