Gawain and the Green Knight (shakespeare)

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This isn’t typical for the role of knights in old-English literature. In French stories Gawain has several roles (depending on the story). Sometimes he is a symbol for great courage, honesty and nobility. Sometimes he is used to (according to the internet): as a proud and worldly knight who demonstrates through his failures the danger of neglecting the spirit for the futile gifts of the material world...
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The Green Knight could symbolize the devil, but there is discussion about that. Anyway, anywhere where the Green Knight occurs he tests knights. Through his outrageous propasal during the feast, he tests which knight would be brave enough to face take him up on his offer. The Green knight has an almost supernatural quality to him, and after doing some research on the internet, I found out that he is often thought to be symbolising fertility, death, wildness and foreboding in the primeval world...
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