Comparison Between Paradise Lost and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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The women in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Paradise Lost both had a serious impact over the men in their lives. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the host’s wife heavily influenced Sir Gawain’s thoughts and strategies through seduction, especially when she offered her girdle. The host’s wife was put there to test Sir Gawain’s loyalty, and he gave in. In Paradise Lost, Eve was beneficial to Adam in many ways. Eve provided Adam with companionship, gave Adam confidence, and also helped convince him to eat the apple. Both women held crucial amounts of power, and effected the outcome in both poems. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the host’s wife tried to seduce Sir Gawain. This was a test created by the host himself to test Sir …show more content…
Sir Gawain also received three kisses from the host’s wife and happily accepted them. One main reason Sir Gawain did not sleep with the host’s wife was because he was a guest. The host’s wife did her duty of testing Sir Gawain’s loyalty. He failed the test because he kept her girdle and did not give it back. He was seduced and tempted by a woman, which is his lowest and possibly only fault. The host’s wife was in control of Sir Gawain, and could have made him believe anything. She manipulated him and held the upper hand. She had more power than Sir Gawain, or any other man in the poem. She also effected the poem because if Sir Gawain did not take the girdle, there would have been a different outcome. Eve provided Adam with companionship, gave Adam confidence, and also helped convince him to eat the apple. Even knew that she was subservient to Adam, however Eve liked being subservient (IV 480-485). Eve thought Adam was a great companion, and compared him to her other half (IV 489). She loved sharing the garden of Eden with him. Eve also liked having someone to talk to, share experiences with, and enjoyed someone being more responsible than her. She liked the fact that Adam was in charge and she went along with everything he decided. Eve was so fond of Adam; her attachment to Adam blinded her from subservience. Adam knew he was in charge, and he liked that Eve was his companion. This provided him
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