Nature, Nature And Nature Essay
Introductory Points: Throughout the history of humanity, nature has played an important role in many of the events and stories that have shaped the world. The use of pathetic fallacy in many works emphasizes the bond between society and nature; the occurrence of an unusual or frightening event in nature would reflect strife or danger to come in the near future. This correlation between nature and human life demonstrates the importance of the relationship between the human world and the world of nature. Nature was particularly integral to the success of humankind in medieval England, a time when a living was made solely on the harvesting of the world’s bounty. The green of a farmer’s field brought to mind the wealth and prosperity that came with harvest season. This age, however, was also one of religious peril; the threat of the fall of Catholicism in the early fourteenth century brought constant worry of the judgment that would come to all people at the end of their lives. Because of this, that same green brought to mind the sanctity – or lack thereof – of eternal life. These themes have been brought forth in an allegorical romance written in the fourteenth century by an anonymous poet, entitled Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Thesis Statement: In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the unnamed poet uses nature imagery, the colour green in particular, in order to affirm the idea that one’s fate after death is dependent on their decisions…