Chapter: English Literature During The Middle Ages
Upon confronting the Green Knight in his chapel (which, as it turns out, is a bit of a shithole), Gawain kneels before his murderer and smiles. It's his way of showing fearlessness against his foe. Really, though, it just makes Gawain look clinically insane. If a green guy with an axe was about to chop my head off, I'd be weeping openly.
I guess that's just the difference between me and the Knights of the Round Table.
As an aside, the Green Knight is hilariously dickish in this scene. When Gawain shows up, the GK is all "Oh, hey! I'll be right with ya!" Then, with Gawain watching in dread, the Green Knight spends several minutes grinding the axe to perfection. Our hero just has to stand around awkwardly in silence while his opponent sharpens the weapon that's destined to take his head. Now that's just genius.
Author: The Pearl Poet • Year: c. 14th Century • Info:Wikipedia
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