Religion Throughout British Literature

2205 WordsJun 8, 20079 Pages
With all the books read in class this year, there has been some type of influence on the way each story was written. From Beowulf to Paradise Lost, there have been many, mostly religious, persuasions in the style and approach to writing of the novel. These influences, whether they're religious or cultural or psychological, have a deep impact on the story and are reflective of a literary time period. The differences in each story show the changes in the culture, religion, or the way people thought. The purpose of the sequential order of the stories is to show how man has changed his ways, how he has failed and how he has redeemed himself. The first piece of literature to be analyzed is Beowulf, which was written in approximately the late…show more content…
This is one of the few points in which the noble Sir Gawain disappoints his fellow knights and himself. After the third day, Gawain meets with the Green Knight. The present, a magic girdle, helps Gawain in his stance against the Green Knight's attempts to chop off his head. The first two swings, the Green Knight missed. The third barely leaves a cut in his neck. After Gawain endures these three swings at his neck, the Green Knight reveals his identity. He explains that he is the lord of the castle, and the three days were all a test for the knight. The three blows were taken at him in relation to the three days of their agreement. The first two days he was honest and shared what he received, hence the first two swings missed. On the third day when he received the magic girdle, he should have returned to the lord, but he did not in fear of being thrown out by the lord. The action is not very honest of Sir Gawain, and he's upset with himself. Consequently, he got hacked in the neck on the third swing. Afterwards, he returned to the court instantly, disheartened and head hung low, knowing he didn't display the values of Christianity and the of the Round Table. The entire story of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" is to show how men are tested to see if they truly hold the Christian values of courage, honesty, and chivalry. The story however, is based on paganistic
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