A Comparison Of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Brit Lit Essay I: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight As an avid recreational reader I enjoy reading books of all types, however, one of my favorite genres is fantasy. This love began in my reading of George MacDonald's Phantastes, and continued throughout the past year as I have been working my way through C.S. Lewis’ The Space Trilogy. What is so interesting, and simply enjoyable, for me about reading Sir Gawain is that it is a more original and classic take on the typical structure and plot of a fantasy/fairytale. In the beginning you already get a general idea of how the story is going to go, yet the story has its own quirks that keep it interesting. At the start of the story the Green Knight enters the great hall and proposes his game.…show more content…
Knowing that the Green Knight is a fairy endowed with mystical characteristics makes the story even more interesting; as you continue through the story you begin to wonder more and more about how Gawain would be able to survive the Green Knight’s returning blow. The story in Bertilak’s castle seems arbitrary and unnecessary until you read on and realize that it is an integral part of the story and it is the means by which the author provides Gawain with his solution. In Phantastes, MacDonald spends a lot of time telling the tale of Cosmo of Prague, which at first seems to be an interruption to the main story being told, unbeknownst to the reader, however, it is setting the stage for parts of the plot later on in the story. In the same way Sir Gawain’s time in Bertilak’s castle does the same thing. It is this mysterious structure and suspense that makes Sir Gawain and the Green Knight such an interesting story to read. The “huzzah” moment that the reader has when Bertilak’s wife first introduces the idea of the girdle, the idea that connects this part of the story to the rest, is such a satisfying moment for the reader and provides an experience like no other. This is compounded as the reader discovers, sometimes in a frustrating manner, that some unknown test had been occurring to test the character of the hero. Sir Gawain had been honorable and noble the whole story yet his one slip up may have lead to his demise. This is
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