Write an essay in answer to ONE of the following questions (32 marks; approx. one hour).
Do NOT write an answer on a text on which you have already commented in question 2.
a) ‘This kyng lay at Camylot upon Cristmasse… With rich revel aryght and rechles mirthes.’ (SGGK, 37-40) What is the role of ‘mirthe’ in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?
b) What is the difference between female power and male power in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight? What are the consequences of this difference for the poem?
c) Chaucer gives us many examples of marriage in his Canterbury Tales, but shows us relatively few children. Examine the role of procreation and the family in any TWO of the Tales.
d) Examine the presentation of social aspiration in any TWO of The Canterbury Tales.