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English 1022 Lecture 1 on "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"

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English 1022E
David Bentley

first lecture on the green knight october 26, 2010 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ________ On Board: Quest: A perilous journey, both physical and emotional. Readers assume a ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ Verse Paragraph Alliterative Verse Seven Deadly Sins 1. Pride 2. Covetousness 3. Lust 4. Envy 5. Gluttony 6. Anger 7. Sloth Long Poem “neither epical in scope how yet wholly lyrical in quality” - The English Parnassus Only barbarians don’t erase the board after class - and ratbags! ________ Three Characteristics of a Romance 1. Simplified characters, recognizable heroes and villains. 2. Exotic Settings (Place, time, unusual class position) Aristocratic World (modern times: Gossip Girl) 3. Episodic Plots Three Stages of Quests 1. Perilous Journey 2. Encounter; Major physical battle 3. Exultation of hero (hero is rewarded for something) Often ends in a marriage - Narrative Poem tells a story - Quests can be for freedom (Thelma and Louise), people, things, quest for the holy grail etc. - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is much more complex than you would expect - It wasn’t the view that poor people needed to be helped; they always gave poor people a ‘spiritual correctiveness’ - “If you fall into this behaviour you will be tested” - Settings of a Romance are distant from the Here and Now. -It can also be distant in class or time l.1116 - 72 first lecture on the green knight october 26, 2010 - Shows that it’s an entirely different world. Rich colour and texture. We’re asked to enter this place and negate the present. - In this world characters behave differently and believe different things. Sir Gawain lives by... The Chivalric Code 1. Belief in Christian world 2. Code of Manners, courtesy. To behave like a gentleman/lady - Gawain’s christianity and code of courtesy ar
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