Analysis Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Themes allow the author to write a story that conveys a positive message to the reader. Generally speaking, a story has multiple themes and there are many ways that the author uses to present the theme to the reader. And Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is not an exception to the rule. The poem uses imagery, juxtaposition of scenes, and the action of the characters to present the numerous themes to the reader and the presentation is done throughout the work. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the idea that in the world, there are man-made and natural rules that one must follow but in times, the two rules come in conflict with each other. By analyzing the two games played by Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the theme will be better understood. The first game that was played between Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was the Green Knight’s challenge of stroking his neck and in return he will strike the challenger’s, Sir Gawain’s, neck. When the Knight offers the challenge, nobody accepts the challenge for King Arthur, forcing the King to accept the challenge. But Gawain states “I stake my claim. / This melee must be mine” (341-342). Then he goes on to ask for permission to be called. “Should you call me, courteous lord,” said Gawain to his king, “to rise from my seat and stand at your side, politely take leave of my place at the table and quit without causing offence to my queen, then I shall come to your counsel before this great court.” (343-357) The way that Sir Gawain
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