Middle English Literature
Romance, chivalry, etc.
piece of literature centered around chivalry, adventure, love, and magic.
a song that tells a story.
tavern of inns
wrote the first english translation of the bible. (1372)
created the first movable type writing process. (1476)
is no longer restricted to land ownership.
one-third of population dies
pneumonic and bubonic
code behavior of a knight.
Traits of Chivalry (8)
Four reasons Sir Gawain steps up:
1. loyalty for his king
2. ridiculous challenge
3. to prove himself
4. easy challenge
hope/renewal for life
The sash symbolizes...
piece of literature that has parallel meanings, literal and symbolic.
Literal meaning of "The Green Knight"...
a man was put through a test and failed.
Symbolic meaning of "The Green Knight"...
journey in life
Green Knight symbolized...
Elements of Romance (7)
1. perfect hero
2. evil enemy
4. test involved
5. supernatural element/magic
6. theme of good v. evil
7. female figure
How does Sir Gawain show loyalty?
warns king Author in his dream.
Sir Lucan shows loyalty by...
giving up his life to help his king.
Sir Bedivere shows loyalty by...
throwing the sword into the lake and spending the rest of his life praying for his king.
Lady of the Lake
own the sword and took it back.
Supernatural Elements (4)
2. Lady of the Lake
3. Gawain in the dream
4. Ladies in the barge magically appear
Frankie and Johnny
ballad about infidelity, man cheats on his wife.
Get up and Bar the Door theme:
stubbornness has consequences, struggle between the sexes.
What did the gentlemen symbolize?
Wealthy people take advantage of lower class and belittle them.
Edward, Edward killed his... (3)
Reasons Edward killed those things... (4)
victim of abuse
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