Symbolism In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Finding Lessons Among Symbols
Symbolism is an artistic technique to convey morals, describe emotions or venture on an exciting journey. In the medieval story, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the protagonist and one of King Arthurs most admirable knights, Sir Gawain has taken it upon himself to go on a quest and complete the game that the Green Knight has asked for and ultimately become a knight of the round table. Written in the fourteenth century by an unknown author, makes it more difficult for the reader to understand the reasoning behind the vast use of symbolism in the story. Symbols in this novel portray context clues, ideas, and chivalry are intertwined with signs which help the reader understand the historic meanings in the story. In the story, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, knights encounter multiple symbols such as garments, colors, and numbers that impact the interpretation and the significance or dimension of the reading. Sir Gawain’s decorated shield reveals a star, pentangle, and a picture of Mother Mary representing moral character and responsibilities. The unknown author introduces this cover piece as” he wore the five-point star on shield and surcoat in plain sight” (Line 636). The faultless personality in sir Gawain shows that he is perfect in his five senses and also represents the chivalric code and the way he responds to it. The Pentangle signifies truth and honesty which throughout the story is shown to be a challenge in the true personality of
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