Gawain and the Green Knight How is the appearance of Gawain and the appearance of the Green Knight important to the story? What does each look like? What is the significance of the way they dress/look?
What is important about Arthur’s role in the Beheading Game?
Compare Camelot with the second castle. How are the celebrations similar and different? How are the people Similar and different?
How is the Season important?
What is Gawain’s journey to seek the Green Chapel like? Is it eventful? Why are we told so little about it?
What "magic" do both the Green Knight and Gawain possess? How can you find magic or supernatural power in the stories of each one?
Why is there a mention of Troy at the start of the poem? What does this refer to? Why?
What is the problem with Arthur accepting the Green Knights Challenge?
Characterize Arthur, Guinevere, Gawain, and the Green Knight. How do they differ from expectations or evidence in other poems?
What is Anglo-Saxon-like about this text?
Discuss the Pentangle what is its importance?
Discuss the actions of and expectations about Gawain in the Northern Castle (Sir Bercilak’s).
Given that Courtly love involved the use of courteous speech to establish a formalized love relationship between the knight and his lady.
How does Gawain uphold or fall short of the conventions for Courtly love?
Note two or three exchanges of dialog between Lady de Hautdesert and Gawain. Where do you see in them the conventions of courtly love upheld or shattered?
Why does Gawain behave toward the lady as he does? Is his behavior defensible? How?