1. The text spends a lot of time coupling Bertilak’s hunting with Gawain’s temptation at the hands of Bertilak’s wife. What is the significance of this pairing?
2. We have spent a lot of time in class talking about the threat of the feminine in SGGK. Explain some instances in fitt 3 or 4 that show how threatening the presence of women is in this text.
3. We’ve also talked a bit about the Christian/pagan hybridity of the text. Explain what this means and give at least two examples.
1. What do you make of the Green Knight? Which of his characteristics (physical or otherwise) do you find particularly significant? He’s certainly a “monster,” and he does enter a “hall”–obvious connections to something else we’ve read. What do you make of those connections? Does anything from our discussion of the other monsters find its way into your reading of the Green Knight?
2. What kind of king is Arthur?
3. Pick one of the pictures of the Green Knight on the blog and discuss how it does and does not match the description of the Green Knight in the poem.
Final drafts of your college essay are due. They must be in Times New Roman 12 point font, double spaced, printed, and stapled before class. You can look at the grading rubric on the post introducing the assignment.
1. Study for vocab quiz
2. Choose one experience form the list you brainstormed in class or from your loopwriting activity that you’d like to explore further. Recreate one or more scenes from that experience (again reference your loopwriting for this) that you could use to address one of the college essay prompts (be sure to also indicate which prompt you plan on responding to). In this assignment it’s important to think about a very specific moment or moments that you can use to either illustrate the problem/question you’d like to analyze or as evidence to prove the point that you’d like to make in your argument. Then, you need to think about how you can make that moment significant to your reader by developing it into a detailed scene.
In other words,
1. Pick an experience from the list you made in class
2. Recreate one or more scenes (i.e. specific moments) from that experience
3. In creating your scenes make sure to choose moments that you could later use as evidence to prove a point or as the subject of an analysis in response to one of the college essay prompts
4. Be sure to indicate which prompt you are going to write about
Have completed questions 4-10 on page 40 in Elements.
Read part two of Beowulf, pages 33-38, in Elements.
Have completed questions 5-8 on page 32 in Elements.