Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Character Analysis

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:
Sir Gawain’s Moral Journey
An archetypal analysis of Gawain’s quest reveals some significant changes that occur in the hero’s character. By analyzing the progress of the hero, Gawain, as he ventures out to complete his quest, utilizing the works of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight along with The Hero With A Thousand Faces, it will be clearer to position the contents within the Hero’s Journey.
The departure commences with the protagonists call to adventure and ends with the crossing of the threshold. In the case of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Green Knight encounters the knights of the round table, thus “the crisis of his appearance is the ‘call to adventure’” (Campbell 56). After the arrival of the Green Knight, he proposes a challenge towards the knights for “...thy city is lifted up on high, and thy warriors are holden for the best and the most valiant of those who ride mail-clad to the fight”(Weston 6). King Arthur then accepts the challenge that’s proposed, but his nephew quickly intervenes and accepts the challenge in his uncle’s place by proceeding to chop off the Green Knight’s head, consequentially withdrawing Gawain from his normal life. Sir Gawain displays hesitation to meet the Knight, therefore he departs two months prior to New Year’s, in time for the schedule of the beheading. He masks his timidness by dressing in luxurious armor and clothing. Gawain lacks a physical supernatural aid, but rather encompasses his religion

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