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Sir Gawain and The Green Knight Throughout Sir Gawain And The Green Knight there is a stark contrast between life within a castle and the world outside In this poem life inside of a castle represents society security happiness and a closeness to God while the world outside represents wilderness danger and vulnerability to evil This binary is very significant in that it helps the reader to understand the lives and views held by medieval peoples In the poem Sir Gawain And The Green Knight the characters are safe and secure while they are inside there castles This is true in both Camelot and Lord Bercilaks castle While safe inside the walls of Camelot Gawain is very content He and his brethren are totally at ease while they feast The poet writes This king lay at Camelot at Christmastide Many good knights and gay his guests were there Arrayed of the round table rightful brothers With feasting and fellowship and carefree mirth ln 37-35 This quote demonstrate the lack of fear displayed by the people while they are within their castle walls The fact that Sir Gawain only wears his Armor outside of the two castles is a strong indicator that security is only felt while indoors Wearing armor while riding outdoors is a way of maintaining a sense of security while away from the protection of a castle Because the people are so joyous while inside and have to take extra precautions to feel safe while outside it is clear that security is found inside their castle A feeling of security is necessary for someone to be relaxed and joyous So the two feelings are strongly connected and therefore the presence of one usually indicates the presence of the other In both Camelot and Lord Bercilaks castles joy is prevalent The poet writes High were their hearts in halls and chambers These lords and ladies for life was
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