Plot Elements in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight The most striking feature of the organisation of plot elements in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the fact that the meaning of the poem is enacted by the shape of the narrative itself. The three major elements of the plot of this narrative: the Beheading Game, the Temptation, and the Exchange of Winnings are linked in a way which helps convey the meaning of the poem. The reader quickly realises the interdependence of the Temptation plot and the Exchange of Winnings plot. The bedroom scenes correlate with the hunting scenes - therefore each one must be understood in reference to the other. On each of the three days the behaviour of Sir Gawain corresponds to that of the animal, which had been killed on that day.
For instance, a form of parallelism that could be found in the story, is within the hunting scene with the Lord and his crewman, as well as the seduction scene between the Lady and Sir Gawain. Between these two scenes, there are innumerable connections that could display the similarities of the two scenes. However, the three main aspects that ideally portrays parallelism is the setup of the traps for the prey, the amount of effort put in, as well as the ending
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.
Sir Gawain and the green knight Sir Gawain is a poem of heroism, chivalry, brave knights and even romance. The story itself is so engaging that all too easily the reader may miss many of the symbols present within. Here we will consider the symbolism and importance of the hunting scenes and how they help develop and enhance the plot. J.R.R. Tolkien's translation of the fourteenth-century anonymous narrative poem effectively preserves the alliterative verse of the original.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight One of the poems we read this semester was the anonymous poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This folklore poem combines two plots: the contest of the beheading between Gawain and the Green Knight and the attempt of a lady to seduce Gawain. The longest section of the poem combines the scenes of Bertilak's hunt with those of Gawain and the lady in the bedroom. It seems we are meant to draw some sort of connection between the two events. There appears to be some kind of parallel between the hunt during the day and what happens in the bedroom that same day.
The deer is represented as being timid; the boar is represented as being ferocious, and the fox as being cunning and sly. There are also three symbolic hunts, three attempts to seduce Gawain and the three hits of the Green Knight's ax. The poem seems to emphasize magical elements such as Morgan, Merlin, and the Green Knight. The poem gives us a very realistic depiction of the slaughtering of the animals, the big feasts that take place, as well as the changing seasons. The poem also contains many religious elements such as the celebrations that take place according to the church calendar.
The book I selected to read during this semester is the literary classic The Call of the Wild, a 1903 novel by award-winning author Jack London. I chose to read this story because it is a classic novel and the heroic tone of the novel appealed to me. The novel tells of an initially pampered dog, Buck, and the progression of his tendency to revert to the inner instincts of fierce violence and extreme competition instilled in him. In the process, Buck goes through several different masters before finally landing with the right one. The Call of the Wild is made interesting by the literary devices used in the novel, the simple and robust tone used by London, and the process that the protagonist Buck undergoes in reverting back to his instincts of surviving in nature within him, being “called to the wild.” Firstly, the story begins at a large estate at which Buck resides, owned by a wealthy judge, Judge Miller, in the Santa-Clara Valley.
The tale holds adventure, magic, a quest and an unexpected reality check that even those who are considered “perfect” are also just humans. The author used this story as a way of revealing faults in some of the aspects of knighthood through the use of intertwining chivalric duty with natural human acts; thus showing to be perfectly chivalrous would be inhuman. Works Cited Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; A Romance?
Seen in the literary criticism, “Laughter and Game in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” Martin Stevens argues that “this pervasive reference to game, laughter, and festival is not accidental” like many denounce it to be, but actually of great purpose (Stevens). Since of the poem 's setting revolves around the medieval period on specific holidays and seasons, Stevens seek to defend his argument by first mentioning how the poet incorporates such festive elements into the text before describing the significance of two major games: the Beheading Games and the Exchange of Gifts. The playful spirit of the poem only hids more brooding details of sin, debasement, and failed tests of chastity and courage. Steven’s most remarkable justification, however, follows the play of the Exchange of Gifts that ultimately acts as a reference to one’s mortality, capable of mistakes and errors even in the best of
The Meaning and Symbolism of the Hunting Scenes in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight Sir Gawain is a poem of heroism, chivalry, brave knights and even romance. The story itself is so engaging that all too easily the reader may miss many of the symbols present within. Here we will consider the symbolism and importance of the hunting scenes and how they help develop and enhance the plot. The hunting scenes in Sir Gawain are numerous and told in detail. Why did the author spend so much space in what seems to be just action scenes?