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By Nisha KapadiaSir Gawain and the Green Knight- Animalistic Instincts in Medieval TimesThe many temptations of life bring people to act differently through personalitychanges The characters in Sir Gawain the Green Knight change their personalitiesthrough temptation Through the Christmas time Bertilak king of the castledecides to go hunting While he is hunting his wife is hunting or seducingGawain Men tempted with sex by women often act with certain animalisticinstincts in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by the Pearl Poet the seductionscene leads Gawain to act upon his animal instincts which mimic the behaviorsof the beasts of Bertilaks huntThe temptation in the first seduction scene and the first hunt scene of thedeer relates in both shy and timid ways When the lady approaches Gawainhe acts shy laid his head low again in likeness of sleep 25Gawain confused at the directness of the lady pretends to be asleep Shethrows her body at him which startles Gawain to act ignorant At the endof the first seduction scene Gawain says I shall kiss at yourcommand 28 The deer which at first is shy but at the end of thehunt is killed relates to Gawains shy behavior but at the end ofthe seduction scene is caught and kissed Although the deer is the shyestof animals the boar is caught with more use of power and strengthThe next seduction and hunt scene revolves around the behavior of the boarThe boar is a quick and aggressive animal It has a bloodthirsty heartto quell 31 Gawain when approached by the lady in the second seductionscene acts less ignorant to his position but temptation draws him to beaggressive My aim is to please 33 said Gawain The lady temptsGawain to such an extent that he tries to resist her by exchanging two kisseswith her instead of sleeping with her The hunt of the boar caught at lastwith more strength then the deer is parallel to the lady attempting to pursueGawain He is more
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