Archetypes In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Monomythic Archetypes analyzed from Sir Gawain and The Green Knight: In the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain must venture off to the Green Chapel to own up to his end of the deal that came with the Green Knight's challenge. Sir Gawain faces multiple challenges along the way which helps develop the theme of the story. Gawain’s apotheosis reflects the wisdom gained from some of life’s more brutal initiations. In the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the monomythic archetypes that aid in understanding conflicts mainly include the Evil figure and the Hero but includes some other characters as well. The Green Knight being the “Evil Figure” provides the task or the conflict to Sir Gawain the “Hero”(pg 45, Campbell)a knight from Arthur’s Round table. The Green Knight enters Arthur’s castle with an odd challenge: “If anyone in this hall holds himself so hardy, so bold both of blood and brain, as to dare strike me one stroke for another” (SGGK 1A ). Sir Gawain becomes the Hero the moment he takes the axe away from King Arthur and delivers the blow to the Green Knight’s neck. At that moment the Green Knight presents the conflict of the story to the Hero Sir Gawain. Along the journey Sir Gawain encounters many more conflicts which he receives help from God or “Supernatural Aid”(pg 46, Campbell), the host, and a guide that leads him to the Green Chapel. God aids Sir Gawain by presenting him the castle where he would stay when he about to give up

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