Analysis Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, there are many symbols throughout the poem. The hunting scenes are told in great detail throughout the poem. The unknown author writes these scenes to add meaning to the poem. The scenes depicts the hunting of the three different prey Lord Bertilak is after. Each scene contains symbolism and importance and helps to develop and improve the plot. One may wonder why the author might include the hunting scenes at all. According to critic, Donald Howard, the hunted animals convey connotations of evil. (85). This viewpoint could be a due to his religious beliefs. In the poem, the animals are not described as evil. The fox is described as cunning, “Carefully he creeps by the edge of a copse, / convinced that his cunning has conned those canines” (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 1710-11). The fox is not seen as evil as Howard thinks that it is. Howard believes that the animals are wicked but the in the poem there is no implication that they are evil in any way. Each animal has their own skill levels of escaping the hunt, the fox being the best. In medieval times animals were given human qualities and emotions. The three animals in the poem are described as having human qualities. First, Henry Savage states, “Certain facts about the animals which formed the quarry of the medieval huntsman, to be found in the hunting treatises of the time, and certain popular beliefs about their habits and tempers that were promulgated by the practices and…
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