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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight I The meaning of the hunting scenes Two Possible Interpretations 1 Hunted animals convey connotations of evil - Bercilak hunts these animals- therefore he is hunting and destroying evil 2 Many animals were thought to have qualities of human emotions spirituality and even intelligence These human qualities help the readers draw a parallels between the hunt happening outside of the castle and the hunt happening inside between Gawain and the Lady of the house a deer shy ready to flee from any attempt at capture lines 1319-1365 - When Gawain is first tempted by the Lady he acts like the deer Gawain is embarrassed and he pretends to be asleep He is being coy like a deer When he wakes up they talk for a while and he tells her that she is married to a far better man then he is He avoids her advances so that he will not go against the code of chivalry that the knights are suppose to follow Before she leaves she tell him if he were a true knight then he would have given her a kiss And so he kisses her lines 1185-1315 b boar not easy to kill more likely to turn against the hunter lines 1560-1615 - The second day Gawain is left alone with the Lady he becomes more forward He greets her when she enters the room- instead of pretending to be asleep She starts telling him that she was wrong to ask for a kiss- I think shes trying to lure him in- like most women do--and he of course tells her it wasnt wrong for her to ask for a kiss- it would of been wrong only if he had refused it-- which no man could do He tells her that he is hers to command and kiss whenever she pleases lines 1472-1557 c fox beast of
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