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In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, discuss how the author explores symbolism within the setting. Compare Arthur's Court with the Green Chapel to develop the themes explored in the text. Give a clear thesis, two topic sentences, and clear conclusion.

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In regard to the meaning attached to the setting, King Arthur’s Court and the Green Chapel are presented as direct opposites but also mutually dependent. The court, Camelot, represents good: a healthy, normal, and orderly society; in contrast, the Green Chapel represents evil, as it embodies deception and challenges to the social order, including the profanation of a supposedly sacred space. Just as Gawain must be tested and overcome the temptations of evil, the image of good depends on the contrast to...

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