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Concept and idea of chivalry 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knig

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight poem is an example of medieval verse romance. It was composed in the
second half of the fourteenth century. The author of the piece remains unknown and is usually referred to as the Gawain poet or the Pearl poet. The author wrote the poem in an old-fashioned style with northwestern dialect of Middle English.
Medieval romances often contain magical and supernatural elements and often treat love between aristocratic characters. Stories of the chivalric adventures of knights and their ladies were very popular in Anglo-Norman England. The audience was largely made up of women – queen, duchess or countess who were, naturally, interested in stories in which women played more central roles (unlike in German epics were woman's role was insignificant and the story mainly focused on male warriors – Beowulf).
Sir Gawain contains many themes addressed throughout the story. Some of the themes are more obvious than others. Love, lust, loyalty, deceit, trust, courage, values and righteousness are most of the themes within the poem. The most important, however, are chivalry love between Sir Gawain, the knight, and Lady of the castle, and chivalry code of conduct between Sir Gawain and the Lord.
On thefirst day, as planned, the Lord arises early to go hunting. The poet describes in detail the hunting party. Then, almost drastically, the scene switches to the interior of the castle, to Gawain’s bedroom where he still lies beneath the covers in the early morning. The Lady silently enters his bedroom and sits on Gawain;s bed, watching him. The knight is already awake, but he pretends to sleep, cautious of the situation and the Lady’s intentions. Eventually, he'wakes up' and acts surprised to find the Lady there.
A careful dialogue follows between Gawain and the Lady, where he delicately and diplomatically avoids her sexual offers. First, the Lady threatens flirtatiously to …

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