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The Light and Dark Throughout time dating back to the witch era and the Salem witch trials good and evil has been a topic on many peoples minds Back in Salem and other medieval places the burning of witches was normal practice However they did not burn witches all the time The burning stemmed from people who were of a different belief system than the norm After a period of time witches were the ones being burned yet a brilliant question then arose If these witches were powerful and dangerous to everyone then how were they able to not conjure up a spell and escape these burnings The article on dualism says that they just could not believe it This played part as well in the Jewishnazi period when millions of Jewish people were slaughtered and the reason simply was that they couldnt believe it This plays greatly into the theme of light and dark and good versus evil In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the characters Gawain and the Green Knight play the roles of good and evil Gawain plays the role of the brave and noble good knight from the court of Camelot where all the best knights dwelled The green knight is seen to be the evil or dark one that challenges a knight of the round table to a contest This contest ends with the green knight riding away with his head in his hands This compares greatly to a life after death and being almost demonic When seeing this image of a big man in green riding away with his head in his hands still talking to Gawain the only image that comes to mind is an evil one The duality of light and dark good and evil is seen throughout the entire story The conflict between Gawain and the green knight stems from Arthur King of the Britains Before Arthur his father had slept with
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