English 1022E Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Sir Gawain And The Green Knight, Gawain, Embalming

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English lecture 14: stephen jaeger, the origin of manners, 939-1210 = manners emerge in western europe. Residue of the things from the poem still present today: christian writers in middle ages = death, corpses turned green prior to embalming. Green is also associated with supernatural (leprechauns), st. patrick"s day is all green. Green was also associated with the devil, the devil"s green tail: the green knight = green, supernatural, larger than life, comes from the north. He does not wear any armour, meaning he doesn"t come to make war or fight, presumably peaceful. He carries with him two emblematic adjuncts: symbol: suggests many meanings, emblem + allegory: has only one meaning relating to the story and character. Holly branch: he explains it"s an emblem of peace. Axe: razor-sharp, huge, terrifying instrument of destruction. Calling the knights a bunch of weak, ineffectual men.

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