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Sir Gawain and the Hunt Parallels Throughout the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the Pearl Poet uses symbolism to convey to the reader more clearly what is happening and what will happen in the poem In part three of this poem the poet uses the symbolism of the three days of the hunt to visually portray to the reader what is happening to Sir Gawain in his bedchamber The poets detailed description of the slaughtering of the animals following each days hunt serves as a foreshadowing of Sir Gawains and the Green Knights future meeting at the Green Chapel The three days of the hunt that is lead by Lord Bercilak or the Green Knight as the reader comes to realize occur while Sir Gawain is supposedly resting peacefully in his bedchamber On the first day of the hunt Bercilak and his men chase and kill deer The deer that are killed are portrayed as innocent frightened and confused as to why they are being hunted and how they should react Deer dashed through the dale dazed with dread l 1151 This scene is directly juxtaposed with Sir Gawain in his bedchamber So the lord in the linden-wood leads the hunt And Gawain the good night in gay bed lies 1l 1178-1179 As the bedchamber scene progresses the lady of the castle Bercilaks wife enters slyly to tempt Sir Gawain from his good values Gawain seeing himself trapped in his chamber does not at first know how to react to the lady much like the confused deer in the wood he first pretends to be asleep then when he realizes that the lady has not gone away and he opens his eyes he is immediately barraged by the ladys flattery and tempting My body is here at hand Your each wish to fulfill ll1236-1237 Despite the ladys tempts Gawain manages to escape retaining his deer-like innocence The poet then launches
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