In the final section of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the audience is privileged to detailed descriptions of nature as Sir Gawain travels to his meeting with the Green Knight. Why does the poet include such descriptions? Through careful study of the text, it is apparent that these details about Gawain’s surroundings contribute to the suspense of this final section. All in all, the ominous tone of such descriptions followed by foreshadowing and affirmations of surrounding evil by various characters contributes to the suspense which is essential to the significance of the poem’s conclusion. Without question, the suspense first arises due to the foreboding tone prevalent in the descriptions of nature.
1. The dichotomous Nature of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight The topic of spirituality, divinity and otherworldly phenomena is quite common in medieval literature and there is a multitude of contexts, in which these topics are addressed. The protagonists of those texts find themselves in a balancing act between the secular world and a supernatural world, where they need to overcome struggles to master the difficulties of their worlds’ dualisms. Be it an otherworld of fairies or the christian hereafter, those worlds and the mundane conduct often influence each other reciprocally in the stories of medieval literature.
A paradox is a statement or proposition that is contradictory and seems illogical, but when explained is true. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is filled with rich paradox’s which seem irrational to a first time reader, however when given a closer look into the meaning of text, they realize the symbolism in which this poem possesses. The whole poem is a contradiction within itself, but in order to see it in such a way the reader must first analyze the smaller pieces of contradictions throughout the text. Thus, the poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight teaches a life lesson through paradoxical rhetoric.
One of the key components of any literary work is the depiction of central characters and their various traits. The personality of the key characters can be revealed to readers through various ways including the characters’ own thoughts and opinions, their actions which help in shaping their personalities, and also the attitudes other characters have towards them. All of these attributes help in shaping up the believability and appeal of these central characters towards the readers. However, writers sometimes tend to overestimate the perfection of their central characters and in the process distort the illusion and allure of reality for readers regarding these characters. Sir Gawain and the Green knight is a famous medieval England poem written during the late 14th century.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a late fourteenth century Arthurian Romance Poem. During the time of Sir Gawain, society was dominated by males with women receiving little power. Women were treated with chivalry, but not respected as beings of their own rights. Knights were prided in having the code of chivalry yet were under the assumption woman could not attain much for themselves.
In the poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, the themes of chivalry and courtesy show up time after time throughout the story. Along with those themes, the color green seems to be a very significant symbol. At the end of the poem, Gawain states that he will wear the green girdle that was given to him by Morgan le Fey so he can always remember his wrongdoing. Along with Gawain wearing it, all of Arthur’s men decide to wear it as a green sash, yet it holds a completely different meaning to them. It is interesting to note the different views the two have on wearing the green sash and understanding Gawain’s character.
The grand finale The chivalric romantic, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” written by an anonymous poet, often attempts to share Christian values to teach valuable life lessons. The story concludes with a scene of the round table at Arthur's court laughing at Sir Gawain; however, the knights honor Gawain by wearing green belts. The poet then gives praise and thanks to Jesus with a Latin conclusion. In the Latin the conclusion, the poet writes a line loosely translated as those who think evil act evil. When Gawain stayed at the host's house he thought evilly which lead to him acting evil as well.
In the poem of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” written by the Pearl Poet, there are very prevalent amounts of symbolism. Some of the symbols within the poem are easy to see while other symbols are not so easily found or even understood by the reader. The easy symbols the reader can clearly see in the poem would be the Pentangle, the Girdle, and the color green. The symbols that are harder to see in the poem, is the number three, and certain objects such as the axe and the rose. The symbolism used by the author gives the poem a deeper plot and a more important meaning.
The form of government that takes place during Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is feudalism it’s a cast system that was made up of kings, nobles, knights and peasants. The way feudalism worked was by exchanging land for military service which was then passed down to the peasants who would cultivate the land in return for living on it. In medieval times the knights were expected to be honorable, brave and fight for justice. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is considered a masterpiece that was written back in the fourteenth century. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by John Gardner talks about the lesson learned by Sir Gawain such as honor, keeping ones word and learning form ones past mistakes.
The Green Girdle , as it appears in the story , can represent a lot of things , depending on the reader’s comprehension of the text . It can be seen as a symbol of shame , a magic talisman , a gift for courage , temptation , failure or human nature. In the following essay I am going to analyze the characters’ view upon the significance of the girdle and give my opinion regarding the subject . First of all , from Lady Bertilak’s point of view , and in the first phase from Gawain’s perspective also , it represents a magic talisman.