Analysis Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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The language of symbols plays a major role in medieval poetry “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is no exception. The use of symbolism gives a writer the ability to draw important connections between items in their story and the audience. The poet behind “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” gives the reader a detailed description of the pentagram, his most important symbol, in order to form the key understanding of this poem. The narrator compares knightly ideals such as integrity, focus, and strength with the reality of Gawain’s life. The focus of this poet is to educate the public and to remind the reader that virtues are necessary in order to create a functioning society. By introducing the pentagram, the author of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight dehumanize Gawain in order to teach others the negative effects of turning from your virtues. Throughout history, great writers have hinted as to what their readers should pay close attention to. The author of SGGK is not subtle when it comes to discussing the pentangle. This symbol of the pentangle, a five-pointed, star-shaped figure made by extending the sides of a regular pentagon until they meet, first appears before Gawain leaves to find the Green Knight, Arthur 's court ``showed forth the shield, that shone all red / With the pentangle portrayed in purest gold ' ' (28. 619-20). Gawain wears this star ``formed of five points ' ' on ``his worthy arms, ' ' and his ``coat in view ' ' because it carries a special significance…
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