History Literature / SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight

11th Apr '17 12:03:05 PM SorPepita
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* HonorBeforeReason: The only thing binding Gawain to the agreement is his sense of honor. This is to be expected in a shame culture, where reputation is everything. He turns out to be reasonable enough to want to keep a silk belt that will stop him from being expectedly killed, at least.
* ImpossibleTask: The task may not be impossible physically but emotionally: Every human fears death, even if just a little bit.

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* HonorBeforeReason: The only thing binding Gawain to the agreement is his sense of honor. This is to be expected in a shame culture, where reputation is everything. He turns out to be reasonable enough to want to keep a silk belt that will stop him from being expectedly killed, at least.
least, although he is shamed for it.
* ImpossibleTask: The task may not be impossible physically physically, but it is emotionally: Every every human fears death, even if just a little bit.



* TwentyFourHourArmor: Gawain sleeps in it while searching for the green chapel.

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* TwentyFourHourArmor: Gawain sleeps in it while searching for the green chapel.Green Chapel.
5th Apr '17 11:56:35 AM SorPepita
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* TheFairFolk: The Green Knight is all but stated to be this. His castle being green even in winter and the ways in which he (and his wife) tests Sir Gawain are also very typical fair folk behavior.



* TheFairFolk: The Green Knight is all but stated to be this. His castle being green even in winter and the ways in which he (and his wife) tests Sir Gawain is also very typical fair folk behavior.
26th Nov '16 11:56:49 PM turtleggs
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* ChasteHero: Lady Bertilak tries to seduce Gawain and he refuses... up to a point.

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* ChasteHero: CelibateHero: Lady Bertilak tries to seduce Sir Gawain and he refuses... up kindly rejects her attempts. He tries to a point.uphold codes of chivalry and hospitality.
22nd Aug '16 1:42:00 PM Gregzilla
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22nd Aug '16 1:41:21 PM Gregzilla
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* NeverLiveItDown: Gawain's fate if he doesn't answer the Green Knight's challenge on the appointed date.

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* NeverLiveItDown: InUniverse. Gawain's fate if he doesn't answer the Green Knight's challenge on the appointed date.
13th May '16 8:06:43 AM USABobcat
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In the tale, the knight challenges Arthur's court to a game: any of the knights there at the Round Table could strike the Green Knight one blow with an axe. In return, the knight would have to allow the Green Knight a similar blow in one year's time. Arthur's knights, being somewhat GenreSavvy, are hesitant to agree to such an obvious trap. In response, The Green Knight casts aspersions on their manhood and chivalry, which then prompts Gawain to accept the challenge.

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In the tale, the knight challenges Arthur's court to a game: any of the knights there at the Round Table could strike the Green Knight one blow with an axe. In return, the knight would have to allow the Green Knight a similar blow in one year's time. Arthur's knights, being somewhat GenreSavvy, are hesitant to agree to such an obvious trap. In response, The Green Knight casts aspersions on their manhood and chivalry, at which then prompts Gawain point Arthur himself steps up to accept take the challenge.
challenge. Gawain, realizing that he's much more expendable than the King himself, does the noble thing and jumps up to take Arthur's place.
5th May '16 2:17:46 PM margdean56
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* CoversAlwaysLie: The paperback cover for Tolkien's edition to ''Literature/SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight'' features the eponymous Green Knight as a giant grass monster, a far cry from the description of the Knight in the book, who has merely green skin and green armor and clothes, instead of being covered head to toe in long green fur.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: The paperback cover for Tolkien's edition to of ''Literature/SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight'' features the eponymous Green Knight as a giant grass monster, a far cry from the description of the Knight in the book, who has merely green skin and green armor and clothes, instead of being covered head to toe in long green fur.



* SecretTestOfCharacter: The feast tests the knighthood and the three days at Bertilak's castle test Gawain. Indeed the entire story is this trope in regards to Gawain's chastity and honor.

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: The feast tests the knighthood and the three days at Bertilak's castle test Gawain. Indeed the entire story is this trope in regards regard to Gawain's chastity and honor.



* TwentyFourHourArmor: Gawain sleeps in it while searching the green chapel.

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* TwentyFourHourArmor: Gawain sleeps in it while searching for the green chapel.
5th May '16 2:12:28 PM margdean56
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The test of character by "beheading dare" is found earlier in the [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish legendary romance]] ''Bricriu's Feast''. ''Gawain and the Green Knight'' was recounted by Thomas Mallory in ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' and has been translated by, among others, Creator/JRRTolkien.

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The test of character by "beheading dare" is found earlier in the [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish legendary romance]] ''Bricriu's Feast''. ''Gawain and the Green Knight'' was recounted by Thomas Mallory Malory in ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur'' and has been translated by, among others, Creator/JRRTolkien.



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9th Feb '16 6:49:24 AM Redmess
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* CoversAlwaysLie: The paperback cover for Tolkien's edition to ''Literature/SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight'' features the eponymous Green Knight as a giant grass monster, a far cry from the description of the Knight in the book, who has merely green skin and green armor and clothes, instead of being covered head to toe in long green fur.
2nd Jan '16 3:06:49 PM Give1Take2
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* CantArgueWithElves: The Green Knight/Lord Bertilak is an almost perfect representation of the chivalric code, including his fearlessness in battle. Of course, it's easy to be fearless when he can just pick up his severed head and reattach it later. Nevertheless, he never hesitates to mock King Arthur and his knights for their "cowardice" in fearing death. No one ever calls him out on it.


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* CourtlyLove: Lady Bertilak and Sir Gawain develop this kind of relationship. Lady Bertilak keeps trying to take it further, but Sir Gawain demurs... up to a point.


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* TheFairFolk: The Green Knight is all but stated to be this. His castle being green even in winter and the ways in which he (and his wife) tests Sir Gawain is also very typical fair folk behavior.


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* NeverLiveItDown: Gawain's fate if he doesn't answer the Green Knight's challenge on the appointed date.


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* NobodyCallsMeChicken: How the Green Knight prompts King Arthur to accept his challenge, which is what prompts Sir Gawain to accept on his behalf.
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