Analysis Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the men and women appear to have different roles in the society. The men attempt to live a more noble life while emasculating the power of the women. Throughout the poem, women display hints of their potential through manipulation and trickery, traits that are uneasily recognized by men as growing power. Morgan la Fay manipulates the Lord Bercilak to assume the role of the Green Knight, and she uses him for revenge against Queen Guenevere. She engineered a plan in which she hoped “to cow…Queen Guenevere, [and] kill her with dread” (2460). In other words, she intended to frighten the queen by forcing her to witness Sir Gawain severe the head of a green man, while the man remains alive and proceeds to pick up his detached extremity. The author never reveals the queen’s reaction. Although, King Arthur does address “his courteous queen in speech of the court: / ‘Dear dame, never let this day’s doings dismay you.’” (469-470). One could assume by his speech that the queen became unsettled by the crude event that had just occurred as he feels the need to comfort his wife. However, this could also be perceived as the king trying to suppress any retaliation or opinion the queen may have of the horrid incident. Unfortunately, the author leaves broader context out of the poem. It seems there is no particular reason for Morgan la Fay to wish such a fright on Queen Guenevere. However, a bit of background information proves that Guenevere had put an
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