The object of this activity is for you to decide if nobility or human nature ruled throughout the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It is easy to form an quick opinion, but have you really thought it through? Now is your chance to do just that. The decision chart lists several actions/decisions of Gawain. Beside each are two columns:noble/chivalrous action and act of human nature. Your job is to choose which category each action falls under. Complete the chart with a decision checked and provide a brief explanation as to why you chose a particular category. Consider the following when trying to decide:
- A noble action is one that is done out of respect or in accordance to the chivalric code.
- An act of human nature is one that is simply based on self-preservation or to escape humiliation.
Actions/Decisions of Gawain
Noble/Chivalrous Act Act of Human nature Brief Explanation Example: GawainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s attendance of the New YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Eve feast Attendance of all events was done out of service and respect for the king GawainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s acceptance of the Green KnightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s challenge in ArthurÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s place GawainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s journey to find the Green Knight one year later GawainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s decision to stay at Lord BertilakÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s castle for three days GawainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s prayers to God and Mary throughout the poem GawainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rejection of Lady BertilakÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s advances in Section 3 GawainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s acceptance of Lady BertilakÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s kisses GawainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s acceptance of Lord BertilackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s deal for three days GawainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s choice to keep the green girdle a secret GawainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s flinching at the first wave of the ax by Bertilak GawainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s decision to wear the girdle over his shoulder as a symbol of his shame and sin