Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

what does the juxtaposition of the axe and the holly cluster suggest about the green knights purpose

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The Green Knight bears in one of his hands a branch of holly and in another a cruel battle-axe. This clearly symbolizes his dual function. On one level it indicates his civilized wish for peace, offset by his potential for destruction. On another level, it symbolizes his understanding of the rules of society, despite his innate link with the natural world.