Murphy Honors Brit Lit Storyboard Project #1 Due Friday, October 9th
"But since I don’t come here for battle, my clothes are mere cloth. /Now if you are truly as bold as the people all say, /You will grant me gladly the little game that I ask," (The Gawain Poet 52-54).
The Green Knight comes into the hall, and he offers a deal that whoever wins his game gets to keep his ax. The knight's game is to chop his head off and pass the game on. The King steps up first until Sir Gawain asks for permission to chop his head off instead.
"He held his head in his hand up high before him," (The Gawain Poet 168).
Sir Gawain chopped off the Green Knight's head, and the knight took off with his head to continue the game.
"It was I who sent her to test you," (The Gawain Poet 340).
The Lady offers the Sir a gold ring. He respectfully declines the ring, but he accepts her green sash with gold embroidery. She then reveals that the sash can prevent his death as long as he is wearing it.
"She swiftly unfastened the sash that encircled her waist.. / ...It was made of green silk and was marked of gleaming gold," (The Gawain Poet 203, 205).
Sir Gawain found the Green Knight, and to continue the game, the Sir allowed the Green Knight to try and chop off his head. It did not work because the sash did work.
"But hard as he hammered it down, it hurt him no more / Than to nip the nape of his neck..." (The Gawain Poet 291, 292).
The Green Knight confesses that he was the Lord of the castle, and that he set up the exchange with the Lady of the castle.
The Green Knight forgave Sir Gawain for his sins, and they both went on their happy way.
"I consider you polished as white and as perfectly clean / As if you had never fallen since first you were born," (The Gawain Poet 370, 371).