Symbolism : Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Essay

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What is the meaning of the word “symbolism”? Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. Some stories and poems might have different symbols depending on who the reader is, because everyone sees things differently. Sometimes the symbols from a story or poem can be vast and without end, and most are typically implied rather than clearly stated. In the poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, there are three good symbols such as the Green Knight that challenges Gawain, the ax that the Green Knight had, and the green sash that the Green Knight’s wife gave to Gawain.

First of all, The Green Knight and what he symbolizes. The Green Knight symbolizes having a second chance in life. When Gawain first meets the Green Knight he sends him a challenge, and Gawain accepts it before he even knew what it was about. The Green Knight knew what was going to happen when he sent out the challenge. Rob Reid says, “King Arthur’s nephew, Gawain, has won so many battles that he is called Sir Gawain the Undefeated. His biggest test comes when he accepts a challenge from the Green Knight”. At first King Arthur was going to be the person challenged by the Green Knight, but then Gawain came over and said he will take the place of his uncle. The Green Knight told Gawain that he had one chance to chop off his head with his ax and the Green Knight will have his chance in one year and a day. Gawain was thinking he was going to be ok because he was going to easily kill the Green…

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