Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Imagery Essay

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In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by John Gardner is about “one of the knights at the court of King Arthur” (Background 229). The Green Knight comes in and is prepared to battle Sir Gawain. Gawain challenges him to fight and they do. The Green Knight tells him that he “must submit to the same treatment in a year” (Background 229). This means that they will have to face each other in another terrible battle. There are images that make the setting of the confrontation seem demonic and those images are visual, kinesthetic, and auditory.

The first form of imagery used is visual. Visual images represent something that could be seen just by reading it. A visual image takes words and brings them into real life when they are reading about the confrontation with Gawain and the Green Knight. In the text, it said “A huge new Danish ax...filed to a razor’s edge”(Gardner 231). The reader can picture that dangerous ax that Gawain is going to use in battle. Another example of a visual image from the confrontation would be when the Green Knight and Gawain were about to fight. This image shows the moments up to the confrontation. Gardner wrote “and here we are in this valley, all alone” (Gardner 231). The reader can
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Kinesthetic images represent movement in the confrontation between the Green Knight and Gawain. In the story it said Gawain “shifted his shield into place with a jerk of his shoulders” (Gardner 234). The Green Knight had hit him very hard and Gawain had fell to the ground. He instantly got up and had to get himself together. Another example of a kinesthetic image is how quick Gawain had responded to what the Green Knight had done. Gawain had “saw his blood...he sprang from the man with a leap” (Gardner 234). Gawain had to let the Green Knight know that he was not backing down. He was not going to let the Green Knight defeat him. Gardner uses one more form of imagery to make the setting seem