ENG 1122 A Lecture 8
Monday, October 7, 2013.
1. Identify (who, where, when, why, importance)
a. E.g. Aeschere (Hrothgar’s close friend)
a. Where its from
b. What’s in it
c. How it’s related to the larger work
d. How it’s related to course material
Gawain behaves just as the animal the host is out hunting during the temptation
scenes (deer, boar, fox). A deer is skittish and runs away when being hunted. You
catch a fox by letting it outsmart itself.
It is at the 3 temptation that Gawain gets caught. The third time is most important
here. The outset here about what they are tempting Gawain with and why is
important. The host’s wife is tempting Gawain with sex, seducing him in telling him
that everyone is gone hunting, nobody would know, etc… Gawain made an
agreement with the host, and if he has sex with the woman he has to exchange it
with the host. The moral issue is truth. In this situation, she’s married and her
husband is the one giving him room and board. Because she’s married, if he has sex
with her, he is committing adultery, which is a sin. Treachery and treason would be
committed. The betrayal of a Lord (treason) is the same as the sort of the treachery
being imposed upon Gawain. They are tempting him to commit a betrayal that will
upset Arthur’s court. They are trying to scare Guinevere (**look up)
Another time when Gawain is tempted to do something that nobody would know
about. A servant tells Gawain that if he runs away (hide), nobody will ever know
that you didn’t get from the castle to meet the Green knight at the castle. This is a
temptation that Gawain turns down. The host is not there to send Gawain to the
castle and does not take Gawain to the castle, because the host, the servant and the
Green Knight are the same person.
These temptations are providing Gawain ideal circumstances that will bring down
Arthur’s court eventually. As it turns out, Gawain does not succumb to these
temptations. He does not commit the adultery/treachery with the host.
He makes an er