Monsters in our Midst: Assignment 09

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:

  • 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: Gawain’s attendance of the New Year’s Eve feast X


    Attendance of all events was done out of service and respect for the king
    Gawain’s acceptance of the Green Knight’s challenge in Arthur’s place    



    Gawain’s journey to find the Green Knight one year later    



    Gawain’s decision to stay at Lord Bertilak’s castle for three days    



    Gawain’s prayers to God and Mary throughout the poem    



    Gawain’s rejection of Lady Bertilak’s advances in Section 3    



    Gawain’s acceptance of Lady Bertilak’s kisses    



    Gawain’s acceptance of Lord Bertilack’s deal for three days    



    Gawain’s choice to keep the green girdle a secret    



    Gawain’s flinching at the first  wave of the ax by Bertilak    



    Gawain’s decision to wear the girdle over his shoulder as a symbol of his shame and sin    



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