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The Importance of Green The color green represents many different things in general but it is also specifically symbolic in the Pearl Poets Sir Gawain and the Green Knight First the Green Knight is literally green This makes him appear odd or even supernatural At a deeper level the green also represents the devil and death but because green is an ambiguous color it can also represents nature and life as the holly is a symbol of nature and of the will to live as it is a very hardy plant Apart from the Green Knight green epitomizes envy and evil as well themes that are important in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight When the Green Knight makes his first appearance he is in guise all of green both the gear and the man and in his one hand he had a holly bob I 151 207 The holly which grows in the winter the time where even the hardiest plants wont grow represents the will to live longlivity and in its simplest form nature However on a darker note the green knight is described as a grim man in green and carried a Danish long bladed ax devised for killing Gawain an obvious description of the Grim Reaper or a contemporary equivalent and therefore symbolizing death III 2259 2223 The setting itself is very ominous with a most barbarous din and even Gawain states that the devil himself can be seen Saying matins at black midnight here III 2200 2188 Although the Pearl Poet describes the Green Chapel as being full of death it also has signs of life for example the chapel itself is overgrown with grass signifying the presence of nature and life Green not only symbolizes nature but also is traditionally referred to as the color of envy Gawain himself is usually the center of envy as he shows in the beginning of the poem He wants the
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