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The Battle Of The Soul In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
     

The Battle Of The Soul In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

by Robert Tindall
 
This work examines the psychomachia, or battle of the soul, as it occurs in the 14th century poem, Sir
Gawain and the Green Knight. Based on an analysis of the Gawain-poet's earlier work, as well as contemporary analogs in chivalric manuals, Arthurian romances and mystical literature such as The Cloud of
Unknowing, it argues that Sir Gawain's quest into

Overview

This work examines the psychomachia, or battle of the soul, as it occurs in the 14th century poem, Sir
Gawain and the Green Knight. Based on an analysis of the Gawain-poet's earlier work, as well as contemporary analogs in chivalric manuals, Arthurian romances and mystical literature such as The Cloud of
Unknowing, it argues that Sir Gawain's quest into the
Otherworld is a tragedy of limited, human perception pitted against a mysterious Infinite that
"deigns to destroy" the mortal protagonist's delusion of knowing. The fault of Sir Gawain, therefore,
occurs after his ordeal at the chopping block,
arising from excessive pride in his own chivalric self-conception. As such, the Gawain poet's final work is a masterful culmination to his life-long exploration of the themes of purity, confession, and unclouded spiritual perception.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783639162752
Publisher:
VDM Verlag
Publication date:
07/05/2009
Pages:
76
Product dimensions:
0.18(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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