Green Knight’s role emphasizes the environment outside of human habitation. With his alternate identity as Bertilak, the Green Knight can also be seen as a bridge between both humanity and the environment as opposed to Gawain’s firm stance in the realm of human civilization. Oftentimes it is used to embody the supernatural or spiritual other world. In British folklore, the devil was sometimes toned green which may or may not play into the concept of the Green Man or the Wild Man,C.S. Lewis declared the Green Knight “as vivid and concrete as any image in literature” and further described him as: a living coincidentia oppositorum; half giant, yet wholly a “lovely” knight”watch video for more ancient mystery.
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