Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Part 2 Please answer the following in complete sentences. 1. How much time passes before Gawain sets off to find the Green Knight? A year and one day passes. This is in accordance to the original “covenant” made by Gawain and the Green Knight. 2. What are some of his adventures along the way? Why does he finally stop at the far-off castle? He fought dragons, ogres, and wild beasts. He journeyed through “grim landscapes.” He stops at the castle because he needs to rest. He is almost dead with cold and sleet. 3. What is the Christmas bargain that Gawain makes with the King/Lord of this castle? They must exchange whatever each gains over the course of three days. The king is going out hunting, so he will give Gawain whatever game (hunted animal) he is able to hunt and kill. Whatever Gawain gains each day, he must give to the king. While the king is away, the queen (lady) of the castle sneaks into Gawain’s room and tries to seduce him. She gives him kisses, which Gawain must give to the king. 4. Why does the Lady of the castle visit Sir Gawain? What does she want? The lady is trying to seduce Sir Gawain. She wants to make love to him. 5. Does Gawain give in to the lady? Why or why not? What does this say about him? He does not give in to her advances. He must follow the Code of Chivalry!!! That means, not only does he need to respect women, but he must respect his host- the king who has shown him so much hospitality. 6. What does the lady offer Gawain (more than one)? She offers him a red-gold ring. It is very beautiful and very expensive. It is an extravagant gift. Gawain refuses it. He cannot lead her on. It would be unchivalrous!! So she offers him a green girdle (a belt). 7. What “gift” does Gawain eventually decide to accept? Why? He accepts the green girdle finally. He accepts it because he is afraid for his life (the upcoming challenge) and the lady says that the belt has special powers- whoever wears the belt cannot be killed. He wants to protect his life. 8. What does this say about him? The fact that Gawain wants to protect his life shows that he feels fear. This is NOT a characteristic of the idealized, chivalrous hero; this is a characteristic of a human being!! So we see two sides to Sir Gawain here. 9. How does Gawain fail to meet his commitments at the end of Part 2? He fails to meet his commitment to the king of the castle. He has agreed to exchange whatever he gains over the course of his stay there with his host, the king. But he does not give the king the green girdle; he needs it. 10. In all of Part 2, how does Gawain prove to be chivalrous? How and why does his chivalry fail? He proves to be chivalrous when dealing with the lady/queen of the castle who “loves” him. He does not give in to her advances, but he treats her as well as he possibly can to show respect. He is also respecting the king, his host. Also, the fact that he is intending to fulfill the original “covenant” with the Green Knight proves his chivalry. Gawain’s chivalry fails when he does not give the girdle to the king, according to their agreement. Also, his fear of the Green Knight’s challenge shows him to be less chivalrous because “knights” must overcome any fear they feel, not succumb to it.