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Parallel Worlds in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a story full of deeper meanings then what meets the eye. The author writes this poem about the parallel worlds between the hunting scenes and the courtly love scenes. There are three animals that relate to Gawain and Lady Bertilak’s in the bedroom. The first night an oblivious, shy doe is hunted, the second night a firm boar and the third night, a witty fox is hunted. The similarities between the hunting scenes and the courtly love scenes are a key part in the story. The bond between lady Bertilak’s effort to trap Gawain and the lords effort to catch his quarry, tests Gawain’s efforts to be the perfect knight. A doe is a frightened and unprepared animal and acts much like the Gawain does in the bed room scenes. On lord Bertilak’s hunt he needs to approach the doe stealthy, much like the way lady Bertilak approaches Gawain, in order not to scare him away. During the hunt for the deer, the peasant dogs were on one side and the hunters were on the other, trapping the doe before going in for the kill. The first night when the lady Bertilak enters the r...
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