Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight contains ambiguity and irony that make it interesting to read and teach. Gawain’s conflict arose when he accepted the girdle that could protect him and when he lied to his host, severing fellowship with the lord for courtesy with the lady. By utilizing a social reconstructionist philosophy of teaching that emphasizes personal beliefs and ethics, a teacher will help the students establish their identities and learn to appreciate classic literature. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight should be taught in high school by focusing on the strained values in Gawain’s pentangle because it leads students to analyze the potential strain in their own values.
Sir Gawain is not frequently taught in secondary classrooms, but I believe it is a great addition as an example of Middle English. because of its language. Beowulf and Shakespeare’s works are taught in Old and Modern English, respectively, and with Sir Gawain, students can learn the history of the language that not only parallels history courses, but it also aids discussion of the language’s current grammar and strange spelling rules. Although Sir Gawain would not be a long unit in my classroom, a week at most, it would give students a background in less traditionally taught literature, and knowledge of the different forms of English.
Another way to provide context is to discuss the genre of the romance as idealized worlds, and educators have bridged Sir Gawain with science fiction to show it is not a…

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