Significance of Journey: Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

Significance of Journey: Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

Analyzing The Norton Anthology of World Literature's version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
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I don't always find this genre of literature as intriguing as I found Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to be. I enjoyed the smallest details such as color psychology and symbolism author Sarah Lawall uses. I also enjoyed the journey Sir Gawain endured. Because of how utterly fond of this piece I was, I decided to write an analysis based on my perception.

The analysis of a life journey reveals how a journey contains more than just mobility from one physical place to another. A compelling itinerary ensues prolific growth and encourages the individuals to expand beyond limits. Maneuvering through changes while on a quest grants copious opportunity for one to acquire self-knowledge and awareness of the person’s surrounding general public. This conceptualization of journeying remains relevant for excursionist Gawain in "Sir Gawain and The Green Knight." Sir Gawain endures the turbulence of the Journey in order to discover and prove, to himself and others, his full potential; he faces temptation and paranoia as he begins to realize the significance of humility, integrity, and faithfulness.

The turmoil nature of the journey confines the voyage by inflicting anxiety and paranoia. Life must become out of sync in order for the individual to grow and exit their comfort zone. Certain actions and the way the central character approaches situations help illustrate the character’s identity. Gawain’s struggles are magnified when the reader witnesses his sleepless nights introduced by the paranoia when the author reveals “Yes he dozes in a daze, dreams, and mutters like a mournful man with his mind on dark matters....” The author also exhibits the hardships of fighting the queen’s temptation. “For that noble princess pushed him and pressed him, nudged him ever nearer to a limit where he needed to allow her love or impolitely reject it.” The reader possesses the ability to infringe upon Gawain’s willpower as he built up the mental strength to refuse the queen’s attempt to lure him into seduction. In addition, Gawain blames women for men’s downfall. “no wonder if a fool finds his way into folly and be wiped of his wits by womanly guile—it’s the way of the world," revealed by author Sarah Lawall.

Gawain must embark the journey to reinvent himself through gaining self-assurance. At the beginning of the poem, Sir Gawain accepts the challenge of green knight subsequent to no other offers. Gawain tells King Arthur “Should you call me, courteous lord, to rise from my seat and stand at your side.” The courage Gawain embodies during this particular moment births the chance for him to prove his worthiness as a warrior. The reason provided for his decision unfolds in line 354 on page 734 when Gawain states “I am the weakest of your warriors and feeblest of wit; loss of my life would be least lamented.” Here Gawain’s thoughts pertaining to himself are displayed to the reader. He believes his significance only exists due to his family ties with the king. “Were I not your nephew my life would mean nothing; to be born of your blood is my body’s only claim.”

While traveling along the physical journey Sir Gawain encounters numerous life changing mental trials. He begins to change at the start of the game of gifts at the castle as soon as he accepts. The master says “here’s a wager: what I win in the woods, will be yours, and what you gain will be given to me—young sir, let’s swap, and strike a bond” then Gawain responds with “I agree to the terms.” Gawain appears as an honest man who truthfully, up until the third day, justly submits his winnings to the king. Gawain declines whatever the queen offers due to the fact that he cannot offer her anything in return.

Moreover, on the road on what appears to be a road to redemption, Sir Gawain changes for the better. During the last segment of the play, the reader sees that Gawain is not as honest as he appears. However, Gawain failing to report the whole truth about the girdle conveys him as a more relatable character. His intentions were not to suborn lies. Any mortal in fear of their own life would have kept the gain a secret as well. In Gawain’s case, the girl is more of a public secret. The readers is aware of the his gain, however, Gawain lacks the knowledge of others knowing also. This is represented by the three strikes by the Green Knight. The strike scrapes Gawain's neck then Gawain reacts in defense as the green knight begins to tell him the meaning behind the strikes. The knight clarifies that the first two demonstrated his honest on the first two nights during the game of gifts; the third strike demonstrated his half truth. “...so twice you were faithful therefore twice, I left no scar.” Gawain chooses to keep the grilled as a reminder of his wrongdoing and states “... shall wear it with good will, but not for it’s gold, nor it’s silks and streamers, and not for the sake of it’s wonderful workmanship—but as a sign of my sin.” Sir Gawain then returns home and remains honest about the nature of this tough journey that he needed to endure.

Finally, Gawain provides evidence of his worthiness as a knight as a result of enduring the journey’s hardship; he then comprehends the importance of humbleness, integrity, and faithfulness after falling victim to emotional instability and allurement. The journey coerces Gawain into becoming erudite as a representation of authentic growth. His life unravels on the way but his intertwining with himself begins. Transparency of Gawain’s faults and flaws enable him to dig deeper within himself. Gawain encounters drastic changes that make him more worthier as a knight than he’s ever been. Gawain travels along his necessary road to redemption, a journey of innovation and development.

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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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