Contrasting Judith And Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

1210 words - 5 pages

The Old English and Middle English time periods brought about many works that are still around today. Judith was created many years before Sir Gawain and the Green Knight but these works can be compared and contrasted. The characters, Judith and Gawain, lead separate lives as they were not brought up the same way and they have a different idea of success. However, there are connections that would be hard to recognize at first glance. In each story, the main character goes on a quest that ultimately changes the life they once knew. There are obstacles they have to face but in the end, both become the hero. The relationship between Gawain and Judith is based on a quest to change fate while other factors like the deception of women have an influence in the overall outcome of the ending.
The authors that created each story did so in such a unique way that the two can be contradicting each other. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written so well that the character and the reader make mistakes. A bob and wheel detours the reader so it is a difficult task to figure out where the story continues as the main character is having a hard time finding his way to the Green Knight. In contrast, Judith is straightforward and runs smoothly. However, the complete version of the poem is not available due to a fire. The readers will never be able to find out what Judith did before she went on her journey, whereas, people have an understanding of Gawain’s life.
Through Old and Middle English, readers are able to have a glimpse into the lives the Judith and Gawain. Not only were the stories made differently but their gender roles were different. The fact that Judith was a woman allowed her to become as close to the King, Holofernes, as she could. The text describes Judith’s appearance through Holofernes as it states, “Corrupted by his own violent acts, he then commanded the rich/blessed maiden, laden with bangles and adorned with rings, to be fetched hastily to his bedroom. His serving men quickly carried out what their leader, chief of mailed warriors, commanded; they marched noisily to the guest-house, where they found Judith” (34b - 46a). Not only was Holofernes deceived but Gawain’s gender role was tested as the woman tried to seduce him. In both, the deception of women was carried out well as it aided Judith but setback Gawain.
Women usually are not portrayed as the mastermind or warriors in most works so having a more essential role is a rarity. In Judith and Sir Gawain, Men are turned into puppets at the strong influence that the characters uphold. The women seem to be unaffiliated with the underlying significance of the story but their part is not found out about until the deceived learn the truth at the end. Morgan le Fay invented the entire setup that contributed to Gawain’s downfall due to his impulsive act. Gawain never thought of her as being someone capable of that but that makes her all the cleverer. She acted passionately...

Find Another Essay On Contrasting Judith and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

1082 words - 4 pages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Sir Gawain Faces Temptation      Sir Gawain was known as a noble and honest man who was willing to stare death in the face to protect King Arthur. However, the courtly Sir Gawain is submitted to the unexpected—not to the test he expects, but to one he does not expect (qtd. in Spearing). The underlying theme throughout the entire poem is temptation, which, is Sir Gawain’s greatest

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

804 words - 3 pages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a tale spun from the Legends of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. Typically intended to inspire lessons of chivalry and humility, Sir Gawain’s story follows the road paved by previous Camelot accounts. In thoroughly providing an analysis of this story one must first determine the plot, followed by the metaphorical use of illustration and imagery, which the storyteller employed in order to reveal

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

1623 words - 6 pages Sir Gawain and The Green Knight Summary The story begins in King Arthur's court, where he and the Knights of the Round Table are celebrating New Year's. While they are enjoying their feast, a gigantic Green Knight rides in on a green horse with an immense axe in his hand to offer them a challenge. His offer is: "I shall bide the fist blow, as bare as I sit…….., but in twelve month and one day he shall have of me the same." (Norton

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

1466 words - 6 pages In the Pearl poet’s Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, an epic talk emerges to reveal a man’s journey of honesty, morals, and honor. Sir Gawain accepts a challenge in place of his uncle King Arthur, with hidden tests and viable consequences. As Gawain begins his journey, he proudly upholds his knightly honor and seeks out his own death; however, Gawain gives into his human emotion and is soon distracted from his chivalrous motives. As a result

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

846 words - 3 pages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight As with so many stories written in the Middle Ages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is filled with wonders, magic and knightly pursuit of fame and nobility. It combines folklore and romance as does, according to The Norton Anthology, no other known work. The character of the Green Knight fascinates and amuses. Most people would not think of it as an Arthurian-time creature. The Green Man in fact, is a part of

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

2388 words - 10 pages . The legendary King Arthur and his court in Camelot are the center of Arthurian legend that defined the chivalric code that was followed for centuries in Europe by knights. Arthurian legend through stories such as Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, defined the chivalric code and exemplified its uses throughout its plot. Even before the men in these steel suits knew these characteristics, Arthurian legend was developed in its earliest stages. While

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

603 words - 2 pages admiration of all. Sometimes, the main character becomes a hero by overcoming some force within his or her own self. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this is ultimately what Gawain must do in order to be considered a hero. Sir Gawain is originally faced with the challenge of the Green Knight. The Green Knight appears in King Arthur's court and causes a disturbance, issuing an open invitation to all in the court "to strike one stroke for

Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

1183 words - 5 pages Adjustments to development: Learning from mistakes or failures A knight so devoted to chivalry who is strong to protect his lord and lady can prove to be imperfect when tested of their personal ability and conscience. Sir Gawain, a noble knight, has gained a lot of experience from his journey to meet the Green Knight at the Green Chapel; learning that it was all planned by Morgana Le Fay to prove Gawain?s cowardice with the challenge of the

"Sir Gawain and the green knight"

789 words - 3 pages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a poem written in the alliterative form, which tends to connect the two halves of each poetic line through alliteration, or repetition of consonants. The poem also uses rhyme to structure its stanzas, and each group of long alliterative lines concludes with a word or phrase containing two syllables and a quatrain. Together, they are identified as the "bob and wheel". They provide commentaries on what has just

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

1993 words - 8 pages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a poem written during the medieval period about the Arthurian legend. Although the author is anonymous, it is apparent that "the dialect of Sir Gawain points to an origin in provincial England, and it represents the cultural centers which remote from the royal court at London where Geoffrey Chaucer spent his life" (Norton, 200). This poem is considered one of the best

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - 1594 words

1594 words - 6 pages Women, Courtly Love and the Creation Myth in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight      Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a great epic written in fourteenth century Europe by the Pearl poet, emphasizes the opposition of Christian love to Courtly love in the 13th century through the dilemma of Sir Gawain, one of the great knights of the Arthurian round table. By examining the women in the poem, Gawain's dilemma becomes a

Similar Essays

"Sir Gawain And The Green Knight." By Sir Gawain

1170 words - 5 pages Sir Gawain and the Green GirdleThe distant effects brought upon by Sir Gawain keeping a Green Girdle are presented in the poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. There are several accounts where the main character, Sir Gawain, fights his inner human nature. Gawain is essentially a knight, and ultimately a human being that like all human beings, fears death. A green girdle given to him by a lord's lady in the end saves his life. However, Sir

Sir Gawain And The Green Knight 1962 Words

1962 words - 8 pages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Character Analysis of Sir Gawain "The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell" is a medieval romance poem written by an anonymous author. Sir Gawain is one of the major characters in the poem. He is a very likable personality. Sir Gawain represents an ideal knight of the fourteenth century. Throughout the story, we see Sir Gawain portrayed as a very courteous and noble knight, always trying to help King Arthur

Sir Gawain And The Green Knight 956 Words

956 words - 4 pages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In this passage taken from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Lines 1623-1718, the reader sees how Sir Gawain is the hero of the poem, through the tests of the host. Sir Gawain is speaking to the host of the castle where he is staying for a few days before journeying on to the Green Chapel. The host has just returned from hunting and killing some boar. While the host is out hunting for the boar, we learn that

Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

2183 words - 9 pages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the poet depicts an entertaining story of adventure and intrigue. However, the poem is more than a grand adventure. It is an attempt to explore the moral ideals of Sir Gawain. Gawain's standards are represented by the pentangle on his shield. The depiction of the pentangle occurs when Sir Gawain is preparing to gear up for his quest for the Green Chapel. Gawain's outfit