Sir Gawain And The Green Girdle Analysis

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In Sir. Gawain and the Green Knight the green girdle meaning changes multiple times during the duration of the story. When Sir. Gawain first accepts the green girdle from the lords lady it symbolizes the desire to live. Gawain and the lord had a deal going on, that they would exchange what they have received at the end of each day. Gawain plays this game fairly by giving all that he has received that day to the lord and the lord doing the same with him. This changes on the third day when the lady gives him the green girdle as something to remember her by. He first refuses this gift but after the lady revels that "whoever wears this girdle cannot be killed"(PartIIISummary), Gawain then accepts the gift and only exchanges the kisses that he …show more content…

When the Green Knight gives him the girdle back Gawain says "I gladly take it and be pleased to posses, not for the pure gold, nor the bright belt itself, not the beauteous pendants/When I ride in renown, and remember with shame the faults and the frailty of the flesh perverse, how it 's tenderness entices the foul taint of sin"(2439-36). It is at this point where the girdle has changed from a symbol of life to a symbol or shame and temptation. Gawain and the Green Knight say goodbye to each other and part ways. Gawain heads home ashamed of what he had done, when he gets home the court is overjoyed that he had returned and he was alive. When the court asks of the quest that he had been on he retells how it was all set up and that he now wears the green girdle out of shame because of his actions. The court is not affected by this instead they change the green girdle into a symbol of honor by wearing it represented "so that was taken as a token by the table round, and he honored that had it" (2519-20). In Sir. Gawain and The Green Knight the girdles symbol changes from life, to shame, and finally honor during the

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