Eng1020E October 6, 2011
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Continued)
Hints of weakness in Arthur’s Court
Attire of the Green Knight
o Green = nature (E.g. when his head is cut off, it grows back – like a tree, more
strongly and healthily.)
o Brilliantly dressed in a rich green robe (fringes, embroidery, etc.)
o Gigantic in size. “He is the largest man alive!”
o He is a marvel to behold, and all men are taken aback at by his arrival.
o Not dressed for battle, but come carrying a holly bouqet.
o Carries a contrasting gruesome ax.
Bursts into the hall filled with the beauty and deliciousness of the feast. There is no
proper greeting. The reader gets a sense of the knight as a savage, dramatic, and
uncivilized force. “The crowd is astounded at his stern voice stone-still they sat there in a
swooning silence.” (Line 242-3)
Line 283 states the conditions of the game. The response is silence, and the green knight
begins to mock him.
The knight is portrayed as very ambiguous.
Blench - To draw back or shy away, as from fear; flinch.
Gawain has set perfection as his ultimate goal.
Imagery (when the knight is beheaded): grotesque.
Associated with hierarchy of order, beauty, warmth, wealth, luxury.
The diction of Arthur stories/poems is often involved with