The Hunt Scene in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" Essay by lou

The Hunt Scene in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
Analysis of the hunt scene in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."
# 2866 | 1,500 words | 0 sources | 2001 | US
Published on Jan 03, 2002 in English (General) , Literature (General)

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This paper analyzes "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" and takes a look at the traditional symbols used, including the all-important hunt scene.

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"As Section III opens, Bercilak, the liege-lord of the land, as eager as an impatient bridegroom, bolts his breakfast before riding the hunt with his men. The dogs are unleashed as couples to a bugle fanfare reminiscent of the bridal "belling" to which wedded couples have been treated throughout history. "The leashes are cast away," (s.46), so the hounds are free of constraint in order to pursue their beloved prey, the deer. The lord commands that only the does should be driven to the valley, and the dogs chase the frightened females to that most feminine symbol of nature, the deep chasms between the hills. There, the dogs herd the prey and "snatch down" any does who dare bolt, like some medieval inversion of the Sadie Hawkins chase. Stanza 47 ends with the trimetric four lines (what translator Tolkien calls the "wheel" describing the rest of the hunt, which finds the lord "wild with joy" at their success; the short three-beat meter adds a lilting, triumphant note to their endeavors. "Oft spur and oft alight" is a phrase which seems to prance like deer and hounds when read aloud."

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