The Squire

img_3208-1The Squire is the son of the knight mentioned in “The Canterbury Tales”.  He is a carefree individual that adores the arts and music.

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Three Social Forces

Nathania L. Pabón

Mrs. Quesada

English 11-5

29 September 2016

How are the three social forces of the Middle Ages in England exemplified in the literature read in class?

            Three mayor social forces dominated the Middle Ages in England. These forces were feudalism, the Church, and /chivalry and Courtly love. Feudalism was a social and economic system that dictated your class and social standing. In this system, the monarchy owned half the land of England and gave it to feudals. These feudals provided the monarchy military service. The more land you had, the more money and status you had. The other half was for the Church. The Church had a very strong influence on society. Even the king had to obey the pope and have his permission to make important decisions. Everyone lived in fear of not going to heaven and they bought indulgences to repent their sins. They tired to be good citizens because being excommunicated was and embarrassment. Finally there is chivalry and courtly love. This was a code of conduct that knights, and some common folk followed to be chivalrous, honorable, and demonstrate their high status through their education. Continue reading

Supernatural Elements in Gawain and The Green Knight

Nathania L. Pabón

Mrs. Quesada

English 11-4

14 October 2016

Supernatural Elements in Gawain and The Green Knight

What effects do the supernatural elements have on the reader?

Supernatural elements are ones that display magical and superhuman characteristics. This story depicts these elements and makes the reader more engaged. Seeing a green knight with a green horse entering a normal court excite the reader and makes them more eager to read more. When the Green Knight picked up his chopped up head, it gave the reader a sense of magic.

Chivalry In Gawain and the Green Knight

Nathania L. Pabón

Mrs. Quesada

English 11-4

14 October 2016

Chivalry

How do the Green Knight and Gawain show that they live by a code of chivalry and yet break the code?

            During the time of the Green Knight and Gawain, chivalry was a very important standard to upkeep. Both of these characters lived by this code fully, but they have made mistakes and broken the code.

            First, Gawain’s loyalty of the chivalric code will be discussed. Gawain was very loyal, a member of Arthur’s court, he strived to follow the standards of chivalry any way he could. The most prominent example in this story is when Gawain stepped in to accept the Green Knight’s challenge, which led to death, and not letting his lord, King Arthur, accept it. Gawain respected everyone who helped him, but the one flaw he made was when he didn’t tell the host of the castle he was staying at about receiving a sash from his wife. He relied on enchantments instead of his courage to deal with the Green Knight’s request, breaking the chivalric code. Continue reading