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A Medieval Analysis Of Romance In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Rodrigo Tojo Garcia
Ms. Winter
World Literature
13 Oct. 2017
All’s Fair: A Medieval Analysis
Romance is by no means an easy thing to discuss. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight makes that abundantly clear. Set in the 14th century, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells the story of the competition between Sir Gawain, one of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table and a mysterious Green Knight. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight provides an almost alien vision of courtly politeness while also providing the reader with insight into how medieval lessons on romance can still apply to modern life. Among these lessons are those on love, faith, and above all, honor. Love in medieval times was vastly different from love in the modern era, yet love in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight shows that even archaic love can provide modern lessons for the romantic relationship. To begin with, it is worth noting that even in medieval times, deference to one’s significant other (to an extent) was considered an important part of every relationship. For example, even before Sir Gawain decides to take up the Green Knight on his challenge, Gawain is certain to consult with Queen Guinevere, going so far as to say that he would not accept the challenge “if [his] liege lady disliked it” (123). Though this differs from modern love in that Queen Guinevere was not Gawain’s significant other, his asking her before taking on the Green Knight’s challenge is characteristic of the respect for women that has been
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