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Sir Gawains Temptations In the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Marie Borroff Gawain is a guest at Hautdesert Castle During his stay at the castle three separate hunts take place These hunts also parallel temptations aimed at Gawain by the wife of the Lord of Hautdesert Castle In each hunt scene a characteristic of the prey of that hunt is personified in Gawains defense against the advances of the Lords wife The first temptation of Gawain is perhaps the most difficult for him to defend This temptation corresponds with the hunt scene involving a deer In terms of the hunt the deer is hunted because it is a staple of the diet or it is something that satisfies a person In the same manner the Lords wife views Gawain as art resembling an animal that she hunts She pursues him on the sole basis of her carnal desire This her first temptation is utterly sexual She says Be it with me as you will I am well content For I surrender myself and sue for grace And that is best I believe and behooves me now 1215-1217 She is viewing Gawain much as a hunter would view a deer She has no interest in any kind of relationship and she is not extensively flirting with him as she does in the next two temptations she simply wants sex from him plain and simple She is in a sense hunting Gawain hunting in that she is pursuing Gawain for the sole purpose of making him her trophy If he falls prey to this temptation then she has slain him In his reaction to the lady Gawain acts much like a deer He first tries to entirely ignore her but this tactic was unsuccessful Then he stealthily avoids her advances not directly confronting her but subtly downplaying the magnitude of her advances until he could cleanly escape The second temptation
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