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Criticism And Symbolism In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Every story that follows the basic premise of John Campbell's “monomyth” theory will almost require the foundation of the tale to include certain archetypal characters that urge the story forward. This is especially evident when reading the medieval romantic story “Sir Gawain and The Green Knight” which is filled with symbolism and representative colors. The reading includes the hero of our story who is a valiant knight of King Arthur's round table, he is faced with a quest that he feels obligated to complete out of his duty to camelot. As Gawain faces the trials implemented by the overall villain of the story, Morgan La Faye, His moral development is perfected. In the beginning of the tale, the knights and people of camelot are gaily enjoying a New Year feast when their celebration is interrupted by the green knight, a mysterious man of extraordinary stature, who serves as the herald at the moment. He acted imperious to king arthur's knights and went as far as to call them “beardless children”. After Gawain has taken the ax and has accepted his oath in a sense the green knight then acts as the villain of the story due to the hero's life now being threatened by the green stranger. The green knight would have in fact acted as the villain in the story had it not been revealed that Morgan Le Fay was simply using the green knight as a minion of hers to strike fear to her enemies.
The Green Knight, aided in the perfection of Gawain's moral development after the hero had gone
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