Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Monday July 18, 2022

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

March 17, 2017

“…in his shield, striped with bright red;
A pentangle star, painted pure gold,
Shone at its center.  He swings it by the belt,
Then tosses it across his neck.  And the sign
Of that star, its perfect points, fitted
That prince, and I’ll tell you how, though it hold up
This tale.  Solomon shaped that star-
Triangles blended in triangles – as a symbol
Of truth, for each of its angles enfolds
The other, and fastens the other, five
In all and everywhere endless (and everywhere
In England called the infinite knot).
And Gawain wears it by right, on his bright
Armor, faithful five ways and each way
Five times a noble knight in any gleaming

And worthy of that star,
The noblest men in asking
And telling, the hardest
For words to baffle.”

QUESTION:  After reading the tale in its entirety, and considering and understanding all the facts, does Sir Gawain deserve to wear the pentangle star?

Your essay MUST include the following:
a solid, clear, logical introduction with a good hook/lead  (keep it to the point)
a strong, supportive thesis statement  (which states your case/position/argument and includes three points to prove)
a strong and well-developed body of evidence (one which is convincing and contains 3 excerpts from the poem itself – one in each paragraph)
a strong, supportive conclusion which does more than restate the obvious (case proven / leave the reader with something to think about)
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As always—size 12, Times New Roman, double-spaced.  Name, class, teacher name and date in the top left-hand margin.  Catchy titles REQUIRED.  “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” would not be a catchy title – that’s a topic – so don’t write it.  Lame.


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