This is about the story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and why it is known as romantic literature.

Essay by MoonprincessdayiHigh School, 11th gradeA+, February 2003

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The romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is known as a medieval romance because it possesses most if not all of the characteristics involved in this narrative form of writing. The story contains a noble hero, Sir Gawain who steps in for King Arthur in the challenge against the Green Knight. Although he believed himself to be "...the weakest... and in wit the most feeble..." he still rose to the occasion. This decision to uphold the King's place also shows bravery and loyalty which are both codes of chivalry. When Sir Gawain struck the Green Knight with the axe on the back of his neck, he performed a daring deed since the Green Knight's challenge included a blow to the challenger as well. The Green Knight was to "...stand still..." for the strike but in return the challenger would have to "...honor my right... to repay..." as stated by the Knight.

So after Sir Gawain decapitated the Green Knight (who simply picked up his head and mounted his horse), he was told by the Knight that he was to search to find him and "...Come to the Green Chapel..." and "...take a strike..." the same as he had received. Sir Gawain was to venture to a faraway land in search of the Green Chapel and meet his challenge on New Year's morning. This is also a characteristic of a romance literature, since he is going to a place unknown to him and others. Sir Gawain soon came across a castle "...After riding through mild country and encountering many dangers..." where he met the lord of the castle who would hunt while Gawain stayed at the castle. The lady at the castle "...attempts to seduce Gawain...", but he resists accepting only kisses which he would exchange for the winnings...