In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the writer conveys a message that resistance is futile through Gawain’s actions in his bedchamber and through what happened to the animals that were being hunted in the forest. When the animals were being hunted, the lord took every precaution to make sure the animals would not die, as can be seen through the dogs and the archers brought on the expedition. The author chose to make a relatively quick way for the animals to die, likely because he wanted to convey a message that the animals had no chance against the lord. This may have been because the author himself also could have lived in a feudal system similar to the one in the book. As a result, the author could have added a moral in the story as a way of telling the reader that the lords and kings were superior above all.
The idea that resistance was futile was also seen through Gawain’s interaction with the lord’s wife. Even though Gawain tried to avoid having any physical contact with the lady, his resistance was also useless as he and the lady shared several kisses throughout fit III. Once again the author shows how the dominant force always prevails. As a result of being more aggressive, the lord and his wife were able to overpower the animals and Gawain and no amount of resistance was able to stop the lord and his wife. Perhaps the author is trying to use these two instances as a way of foreshadowing the events that will take place when Gawain and the knight interact. Through this foreshadowing, it is more than likely that the duel between these two will be a one sided battle with the weaker force unable to counteract the stronger.
Do novels have a deeper meaning to them than what the author writes? Golding reflects the two sides of human nature in “Lord of the Flies” by using imagery. Imagery is conveyed to develop the hidden meanings of human nature through the use of specific references through the themes of light and dark imagery. Golding conveys dark imagery throughout the novel by making references to evil. From the ...
Ultimately, by adding the scenes with Gawain and the animals being hunted, the author has added a theme to fit III of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight that resistance is useless, likely to convey a message for the reader to follow in real life or to foreshadow the events in Gawain’s upcoming battle.