If a satire was to be written on Gawain and the Green Knight the satir
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If a satire was to be written on “Gawain and the Green Knight,” the satirist would not a have a problem finding faults in the society in which it took place in, and poking fun at those faults. Just like in Don Quixote did, the satirist writing about “Gawain and the Green Knight” would certainly poke fun at the elements of medieval romance. The author of “Gawain and the Green Knight” dramatizes several of these elements.
The most obvious of these elements that applies in this story is the element of the supernatural. From the very beginning, the appearance of a strange man, who happens to be completely green, is an absurd supernatural phenomenon. The man then begs someone to chop off his head, and then proceeds to pick up his decapitated head and get back on his horse as if nothing had happened. Another supernatural incident was when Gawain went to fulfill his part of the deal. Gawain was struck with the axe three times, and not only did he not get decapitated, he survived the incident with only 1 minor injury! Also, the satirist can mock the setting of the story. A major element of medieval romances was its remote time and setting. Some of this story is set in what is called the “green chapel.” This chapel gives the impression of a small church, when in fact it is nothing more than a cave. Yet another supernatural element occurred when Gawain stayed at the house of the mysterious Lord. The Lord was in fact the Green Knight.
The satirist would also have to pick apart the ideas of chivalry in the story. Gawain, who is called “the purest he’s ever seen”, by the Green Knight, actually fails the test given to him by the Green Knight. The ideals of the knight are also unrealistic. This is notable because the ideals of chivalry were one of the most important beliefs of the time period.
In conclusion, the above mentioned ideas are more than ample materials for a satirist to pounce on when writing about “Gawain and the Green Knight.” Elements such as supernatural, vague time and setting, and the dominant presence of the ideals of chivalry. The elements of medieval romance is so predominant, that it can be exploited and mocked by a satirist, just as in Don Quixote.
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