Monty Python and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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British Literature Midterm Exam
The scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Sir Galahad and the nurses seems to be a parody of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight—specifically a parody on the portrayal of the seductive tendencies of women in medieval romance. Sir Galahad experiences the seduction and untrustworthiness of women in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In the provided clip, women that claim to be doctors and insist on caring for him ambush Sir Galahad with intentions of providing sexual favors. I am not familiar with the context of this clip, but I am presuming he is injured. He immediately questions their credentials as doctors. One woman with little confidence replies, “Um…They have a basic medical training, yes.” The women “doctors” are then instructed to “practice their art” on Sir Galahad. The women proceed to undo his belt and insist that they “must examine [him]”. This is a parody of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight because it pokes fun and exaggerates the scene in which Lady Bertilak seduces Sir Gawain and then later gives reason to distrust women by tricking him into believing that the green girdle possesses magical powers.

In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, women are depicted as untrustworthy and seductive. Lady Bertilak, the host’s wife, practically throws herself upon Gawain with much persistence. While her husband is away, she sneaks into Gawain’s bedchambers and says, “My young body is yours, / Do with it what you will;/ My strong necessities force/ Me to be your servant still” (1236-1240). Lady Bertilak is seen as a bold and forward sinful woman to be attempting to tempt such a noble knight as Gawain. Now, this might not be uncommon in today’s world, as gender roles are much different today than they were in the late 1300s England. Our culture actually encourages women to be bold and embrace sex appeal. Not saying that this scenario never happened in that time period, I’m just assuming that it was not as common as it is in today’s...
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