Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Compare the characters of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Do they mirror each other in anyway? Or can they be seen as foils?

Essay Topic 2

The central conflict which Gawain must deal with in his quest is the one between nature and humanity. Describe the conflict that Sir Gawain has with nature and humanity. Where does this conflict stem from? Why does the conflict exist? What does he do to resolve the conflict?

Essay Topic 3

In "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" there is an overwhelming sense of the importance of imagery in its relation to constraint. The girdle, armor, and even food cause feelings of constraint. Discuss three specific constraints as detailed in the text. What is the object? Why is it considered a constraint? How does Sir Gawain succeed at destroying the constraint that the object produces?

Essay Topic 4

Chivalry is an important...

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