ENGL 2000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Sir Gowther

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Text and Context #4
Gowther’s childhood is rebellious
- Rejects society and religion
o Rapes and burns nuns
o Kills 9 wet nurses
Relates to society because then other nobles will have no one to feed their
babies
- Destroys figures of authority
- In Scottish version he kills the Duke with a sword
o British version Duke dies of grief because Gowther is so wicked
- Grows much faster than any child
Gowther is baptized when he is young
- Usually baptism is an end to a story to signal rebirth
- Baptism doesn’t normalize Gowther
Gowther is also knighted
- Duke is trying to keep him in society
o Is there a difference between sanctioned and unsanctioned violence?
i.e. Gowther running around killing nuns vs. killing people in battle?
Fachon: curved blade
- Unlike knight’s straight blade
o More like a “savages” blade
Medieval propaganda?
- What Gowther uses to terrorize people
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