Monomythic Archetypes In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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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 are mainly the Evil figure and the Hero but does include other characters. The evil figure being the Green Knight he provides the task or the conflict to the Hero which is Sir Gawain who is 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… .”Sir Gawain becomes the Hero the moment he takes the axe away from King Arthur and delivers the blow to the green knights neck. At that moment the Green Knight has presented the conflict of the story to the Hero Sir Gawain. Along the journey Sir Gawain does encounter many more conflicts which he is aided by God, the host, and a guide that leads him to the Green Chapel. God aids Sir Gawain by showing him the castle where he would stay when he was about to give up since he was growing tiresome from the long journey to find the green chapel. The host aids him by giving Sir Gawain a place to stay and

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