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As with so many stories written in the Middle Ages Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is filled with wonders magic and knightly pursuit of fame and nobility It combines folklore and romance as does according to The Norton Anthology no other known work The character of the Green Knight fascinates and amuses Most people would not think of it as an Arthurian-time creature The Green Man in fact is a part of an ancient folklore where the beheading of a green man would assure the return of spring next year The passage that I am discussing takes place almost a year after the Green Knight has visited King Arthurs court to challenge the court He has specifically challenged Sir Gawain who steps forward to accept the challenge The passage starts with the appearance of a castle This is very significant to the story and this fact is communicated to the reader in the description of the castle and even by the initial fact that it appears so suddenly and so very conveniently after Sir Gawains prayer Sir Gawain has been suffering trying to find the Green Knight The Green Knight has set a date on which they will meet and Sir Gawain as is the custom for knights has to keep his promise that he will fight him Furthermore Sir Gawain is the best of King Arthurs knights and his five-pointed star symbol on his shield stands for truth so there is no way he will not keep his promise We are made aware of the importance of the castle first when it just suddenly appears from nowhere and secondly when we notice it is set in a green field The green field makes no sense to the reader because it is the middle of winter but it does signify the fact that the appearance of the castle is not accidental It is the combination of Sir Gawains prayer the appearance of a beautiful
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