Middle English Literature

Romance, chivalry, etc.
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romance
piece of literature centered around chivalry, adventure, love, and magic.
ballads
a song that tells a story.
lyrical poetry
song-like poetry(lyre).
Drama Types
history
miracle play
morality play
Drama History
church services
town square
tavern of inns
theaters built
John Wycliffe
wrote the first english translation of the bible. (1372)
William Caxton
created the first movable type writing process. (1476)
Wealth
is no longer restricted to land ownership.
Living conditions
unsanitary.
Black Plague
one-third of population dies
pneumonic and bubonic
Feudalism
outdated
Chivalry
code behavior of a knight.
Traits of Chivalry (8)
honesty
loyalty
bravery
respectful
fearless
strong
just/fair
generous
kind
Four reasons Sir Gawain steps up:
1. loyalty for his king
2. ridiculous challenge
3. to prove himself
4. easy challenge
Green symbolizes...
hope/renewal for life
chapel
The sash symbolizes...
sin
allegory
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
tested
sin
forgiveness
redemption
Green Knight symbolized...
God.
Elements of Romance (7)
1. perfect hero
2. evil enemy
3. quest
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.
Excalibur
sword
Lady of the Lake
own the sword and took it back.
Supernatural Elements (4)
1. Excalibur
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)
hawk
horse
father
Reasons Edward killed those things... (4)
crazy
bad parenting
victim of abuse
depressed
just evil
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