ENGL 2000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Homicide, Celtic Christianity, Sir Gowther

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Gilbert: says Gowther’s wild ways are a reflection of society
- Failure of baptism, breast feeding, knighthood
o He rejects all attempts to introduce him to society
- Only embraces Duke’s ways after he dies
o Does Gowther reform because of Duke’s death?
Or because he finds out who his real father is?
- Missing a paternal role
o Maternal figure ends up transmitting heir material
Gowther listens more to mother than father
- Gowther doesn’t discover much on his own
o A lot is revealed to him
Prophecy, Earl, etc.
Hopkins and Gilbert compare Sir Gowther to Robert the Devil
- Robert the Devil is a French poem
o Reached a broad audience
- Sir Gowther is very similar but it was written in the English vernacular
Hopkins: argues that that Gowther is wild because of lack of father figure
- Gowther wants to escape his fate
o Unlike Robert who goes towards his fate
- Penance, reconciliation, cleansing
o Sacramental journey
- Does story contain message that even worse sinner can turn themselves around?
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Gilbert: says gowther"s wild ways are a reflection of society. Failure of baptism, breast feeding, knighthood: he rejects all attempts to introduce him to society. Missing a paternal role: maternal figure ends up transmitting heir material. Gowther listens more to mother than father. Gowther doesn"t discover much on his own: a lot is revealed to him. Hopkins and gilbert compare sir gowther to robert the devil. Robert the devil is a french poem: reached a broad audience. Sir gowther is very similar but it was written in the english vernacular. Hopkins: argues that that gowther is wild because of lack of father figure. Gowther wants to escape his fate: unlike robert who goes towards his fate. Catholic church had difference forms through europe: private (england) vs. public penance (rome, no mass communication between church officials, celtic church allowed for multiple confessions. Penalty for homicide in celtic church was exile: one form of public penance.

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