"There [hurtled] in at the hall door an unknown rider," almost by deus es machina, a timely yet somewhat improbable occurrence, King Arthur's wished upon entertainment and Sir Gawaine's enemy appear in the text (Si...
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...raits. And secondly, it represents the Green Knight's power and skill at deception. The duality of the girdle is an extension of the duality of the Green Knight's persona. While the girdle represents freedom and life (it is green), it also represents destruction and finality. The same is said of the Green Knight who is a combination of fertility and destruction.
Written beautifully in the middle ages, the poem's elaborate descriptions of textiles such as clothing and armor, serve to emphasize the culture climate in which it was composed. The time dedicated to detail reflects the author's own societal values. Moreover, in a piece riddled with deceit and trickery, clothing is a tangible way to express character traits and add dimension to the plot. The story of Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight traverses from commencement to finality on a sea of symbolic trappings.
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