Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Essay | Portrayal of Women in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and "Lanval"

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Portrayal of Women in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and "Lanval"

Summary: Essay compares the portrayal of women in the medieval narratives of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and "Lanval."
In medieval literature, the role of women often represents many familiar traits and characteristics which present societies still preserve. Beauty, attractiveness, and grace almost completely exemplify the attributes of powerful women in both present and past narratives. European medieval prose often separates the characteristics of women into two distinct roles in society. Women can be portrayed as the greatest gift to mankind, revealing everything that is good, pure, and beautiful in a woman's life. On the other side of the coin, many women are compared to everything that is evil and harmful, creating a witch-like or temptress quality for the character. These two aspects of European culture and literature show that the power of women in medieval narrative can be portrayed through both evil and good, and more often than not, power is derived from the latter.

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