Analysis Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Essay

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In literature the theme of “otherness” is considered to be something bad. The reason for such a belief is because “otherness” represents a character whose personal qualities go against the standards of society. In The tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and in Marie de France’s lai Lanval, the Green Knight and the Fairy Queen are two characters whose appearance, isolation, and values act in accordance with “otherness”. While the characters are the epitome of “otherness”, how they represent the theme conflicts with the ideas of what an “other” character is with what it is supposed to be.
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Green Knight is described as an unusual yet fascinating sight in Arthur’s court. To start, the Green Knight is recognized for having green skin. His complexion is so unusual that, according to the text: “Men gaped at the hue of him” ("Sir Gawain and the Green" 147). The Green Knight is also acknowledged for his remarkable size: “From throat to thigh he was so thickset and square / His loins and limbs were so long and so great, / That he was half a giant, on earth, I believe” ("Sir Gawain and the Green" 138-140) ”. His armor is also an unusual feature because it contains natural features, such as “birds and flies” ("Sir Gawain and the Green" 166). However, the armor allows the Green Knight to express the connection he has between nature and civilization. Even his weapon choice show this connection because the holly cluster and the axe from wood and…

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