Roles Of Women In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Roles of Women What if women never established rights? The world would not be the place it is today if that was the case. Women are able to do just as much as men if not more.Women were regarded as "the weaker sex", not just in terms of physical strength, but emotionally too. The fact that women were not treated equally was wrong in many ways, but that was the way of life during those times. In the British culture, from the Anglo-Saxon, the men were respected on a higher level than women, and women were to always be subservient to men, which were demonstrated throughout many works of literature. To point out, women unlike men had a more submissive role in the Anglo-Saxon era. In the story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight shows a woman that is seductive toward a man, which is not her husband, but only because her husband orders her to. Thus validating that men had the authority over their women. In the poem this is proven to be when, “The lovely lady came laughing sweetly, / Fell over his fair face and fondly kissed him; / Sir Gawain welcomed her worthily and with pleasure; He found her so glorious, so attractively dressed, so faultless in every feature, her colors so fine” (Line 200-220). The Lady is trying to seduce Sir Gawain, but he rightfully declines her offer. The fact that The Lady is looking so pleased and she is kissing him, that does not seem to interfere with the way Sir Gawain feels about her at that moment. Sir Gawain encounters multiple uncomfortable situations with The Lady when: “For that priceless princess pressed us here so hard… And drove him so close to the line that she left him no choice... But to take the full pleasure she offered but refuses her. (Line 240) Sir Gawain did not want to sleep with The Lady because he did not want to violate the chivalric code. During that time period, men and women had to obey the chivalric code, which was a system of ideas and social codes governing the behavior of knights and gentlewomen. Chivalry brought about an idealized attitude toward women, but it did little to improve their actual position. The chivalric code brought a certain level of respect to the women of that time; even though it did not necessarily change their positions in
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