cadets read sir gawain and the green knight

By: Casey Robinson on Feb 5, 2022 | Categories: Academic

Major Spratt's English 102 classes have been reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a poem written by an unknown poet around the year 1400 about a Green Knight who barges into Camelot and challenges the knights of King Arthur's Round Table to a wager: whoever is bold enough to strike off the Green Knight's head with a fell of an axe must allow the same to be done to him one year and a day later. Huh? . . . you might ask. But the Green Knight survives the blow, given by Sir Gawain, and rides out of the castle with his severed head in his hand. This medieval tale of chivalry has been made into film twice; once in 1984 starring Sean Connery as the Green Knight and, more recently, in a film entitled The Green Knight that debuted in 2021. Spratt's students shared reading portions of the poem aloud in class. With alliteration in each and every line, reading the poem aloud can be a bit of a tongue-twister, which adds to the fun. They are now writing a persuasive essay about the conflicts, symbolism, and themes embedded in the poem.

Written by, Maj.Spratt