Textual Analysis of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Textual Analysis of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 

Provide a thoughtful and original analysis which makes a strong interpretive claim about the selected passage (concisely expressed in a clear thesis statement), and to support this claim by closely reading relevant evidence drawn from the text. For this paper, you will need to perform a close reading of a single passage from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (options below) which argues a claim in response to a question, problem, or “knot” you have identified. Your goal is to teach your reader something you have observed about the passage that is NOT OBVIOUS IN A CASUAL READING of the material. You should address the specific language of the passage very closely, and explain how diction, syntax, form word choice, metaphor, imagery, etc. support a larger interpretive claim about the poem. In other words, while the bulk of your analysis should focus on your chosen passage, the essay should also consider how the passage relates to the rest of the poem. Remember: performing a textual analysis means both having a strong thesis/argument about the poem and supporting that argument with QUOTED EVIDENCE from the passage itself. If you feel you must reference other lines beyond your chosen passage, you may do so; however, any additional lines beyond your passage must be brief and necessary to support your claim.You should not conduct any outside research for this paper. Passage Options: 1. The Green Knight (lines 179-202 2. The Final Challenge (lines 444-466) 3. Model Knight (lines 901-927) 4. The Third Knight (lines 1750-1769) 5. The Axe Falls (lines 2259-2283)