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Papers On Ancient, Classic, & Medieval Literature
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Sir Gawain And The Green Knight: The Use Of A Pagan Villain As A Test Of Christian Virtue
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This 10 page paper considers the issue of virtue as presented in the Old English version of the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and considers why the poet would have used a pagan symbol (the Green Knight) to show the nature of virtue from a Christian perspective. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Filename: Sirgaw3.doc

Feudalism in Sir Gawain
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A 6 page paper on the fourteenth-century anonymous work Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It points out that the social structures imposed by feudalism had a great deal to do with the development of all three branches of chivalry -- bravery, loyalty, and decorum. Examples are offered from the poem. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Honor & The Test in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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A 3 page paper on this famous medieval poem of anonymous authorship. The paper examines the question of whether Gawain passes the test set up for him by the Green Knight, and argues that he does; the point of the exercise was to test Gawain's honor and courage, and he exhibited both. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Filename: Hontest.doc

Magic In 'A Midsummer's Night Dream' And 'Sir Gawain And The Green Knight'
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A 5 page paper discussing how magic is employed in the two works. King Oberon uses the magical potions in order to effect his own short-term gain; Sir Gawain uses his as an aid in keeping himself pure as he desires to be. No additional sources cited.
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The City in the Gawain-Poet’s “Pearl” and More’s “Utopia”
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A four-page paper looking at these two works from the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, respectively. The paper shows that while both works deal with the city as a central motif, and both present cities which are imaginary and ideal, the intentions of the authors in writing their works make their presentations very different. Bibliography lists four sources.
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