Comparison Between Paradise Lost and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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The women in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Paradise Lost both had a serious impact over the men in their lives. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the host’s wife heavily influenced Sir Gawain’s thoughts and strategies through seduction, especially when she offered her girdle. The host’s wife was put there to test Sir Gawain’s loyalty, and he gave in. In Paradise Lost, Eve was beneficial to Adam in many ways. Eve provided Adam with companionship, gave Adam confidence, and also helped convince him to eat the apple. Both women held crucial amounts of power, and effected the outcome in both poems. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the host’s wife tried to seduce Sir Gawain. This was a test created by the host himself to test Sir …show more content…

Eve held the power to give Adam confidence. Because she liked him so much, he liked himself more. Eve influenced how Adam felt about himself. Eve also convinced Adam to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Once Adam learns that Eve has eaten the fruit, he wants to eat the fruit himself. Eve told Adam the story of how she ate the fruit, and Adam was amazed by this story (XI 890). Adam was so excited that he decided to eat the fruit. Eve had the power to convince Adam to eat the fruit. She did not even have to persuade him to do so, but she just told Adam the story and he assumed the fruit must be fine if Eve ate it. Eve had even more power because she ate the fruit first, and since she is subservient to Adam he could have been jealous. Adam might have thought since he is first to God, he should be first to eat the fruit. Both the Host’s wife and Eve held tremendous amounts of power. They both convinced the men around them to complete the tasks they needed to. The Host’s wife convinced Sir Gawain to take the girdle, and it will give him everlasting life. Eve convinced Adam to eat the fruit with her story about eating the fruit herself. The women in these poems also had an impact on the effect of these poems. Because Sir Gawain took the girdle, the Green Knight cut his neck. Sir Gawain also felt ashamed because he did not return the girdle back to the host. Because Eve convinced Adam to eat the apple, they both became sinners and had to leave the