Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Poem of Perplexity In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the poet leaves some scenes in the poem open to the readers’ interpretation. This makes the poem difficult to understand. The poet does this by leaving out details and adding in words that can be confusing to the reader, based on the scenes or item in question. Unless the words are analyzed and thought about in detail, the reader is left in confusion. Even after analyzing the words and trying to make sense of it all, there can still be confusion and even plot holes. Confusion is provoked by the poet throughout the whole poem. The poem has been read and interpreted by many scholars for many years. They have tried to make sense of some of the scenes and of the item in question in their own ways. The areas in question that I am discussing and proving that confusion is provoked is the scene where Gawain gives his speech to take Arthurs place in the game with the Green Knight, the actual beheading scene when Gawain chops the Green Knights head off, the exchange of winnings between Gawain and Lord Bertilak, and the confession scene. From the very beginning of the poem, the poet provokes confusion. This confusion begins when the Green Knight makes his appearance and tells what his game is. Arthur decides to take the challenge himself, since none of his knights would take the challenge. Gawain, however, would not allow this. Him, being considered a noble knight, would not let his king take a…

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