Behind The Pretty Face Of Lady Bercelak

870 words - 4 pages

Throughout many medieval tales, women play seemingly minor roles. Most are maidens, mothers, and subordinate to other masculine heroes. Readers and historians understand that medieval women are under control and restricted to their husbands. However, few roles exist in which the female characteristics consist of supernatural/magical powers. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Pearl Poet surreptitiously conceals Lady Bercelak’s vital role; her illustrious beauty, seductiveness, and deceiving nature make Lady Bercelak the most powerful character in this Arthurian legend.
When Sir Gawain meets Lady Bercelak for the first time, the recognition of her beauty is prominent. There are multiple women in all of society that have attractive features, but Lady Bercelak’s beauty is one that cannot be perfectly defined. Sir Gawain explains that she “excels the queen herself” (2.945). Transcending the beauty of Queen Guinevere is unheard of which makes Lady Bercelak already a curious character. Women of astounding allure are usually not the ones to keep it to themselves, but instead lure in multiple men. These women crave to seek the maximum acknowledgement for something so sparse: surrendering beauty. Her splendor not only entices all men of the kingdom, but particularly Sir Gawain. Lady Bercelak is an appealingly, stunning character, and she no doubtfully knows it. Without modest consideration, Lady Bercelak exposes her “bright throat and bosom fair to behold” (2.955). She takes pride in her appearance, and this pride represents her lust and seductiveness. Covertly behind the pretty, innocent, flush face, there is meaning to her beauty that is gradually decoded throughout the poem; these interpretations develop her crucial, influential role.
Surrounding her beauteous visage, is Lady Bercelak’s irresistible charm, specifically her seductiveness. Her beauty and enchantment coincide with one another because without one, the other is futile. Lady Bercelak’s lure would not be effective if her beauty was nonexistent. Without her enticement, Sir Gawain would not have been tried for the temptation of the woman’s fervor. On the third and final morning of Gawain’s stay at the castle, Lady Bercelak goes to his chamber “as love would allow her no rest, and pursuing ever the purpose that pricked her heart […] her face and her fair throat freely displayed; her bosom all but bare, and her back as well” (3.1733-1741). Most men would unthinkingly appease the inducement of Lady Bercelak, but Gawain, sticking to his Christian tradition, knows better. He repudiates her knowing that what she longs for him...

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