WORLD LITERATURE GAWAIN DISCUSSION

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is considered a masterpiece of Middle English romance.  While scholars still disagree about the precise definition of a romance, the basic framework of romance is very close to the hero quest.  These stories were recited orally to large groups of people.  They were meant to teach and to entertain.  What sorts of lessons might the audience extract from the story?  How is the story entertaining?

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