Romance Mythos In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written by an anonymous writer and then translated by Marie Borroff. The poetic story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a Romance Mythos story. The tale from the Middle Ages is a Romance Mythos story because it consists of a hero (with a flaw), a quest, and a final showdown (that ends with the recognition of the hero) which are key ingredients of a Romance Mythos story. And the use of the literary techniques symbol, metaphor and irony by the anonymous writer helps readers understand the message of the story. The story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight consists of a hero named Gawain. Gawain is a hero because he possesses characteristics of a Romance Mythos hero which are courageous, courteous and…show more content…
This Romance Mythos story showed what they were like, what they believed in and how they acted like. The individuals of the Middle Ages loved the holidays mostly because it was an opportunity to forget responsibilities, drink wine and be merry. They believed in god, morality, blessings, and other Christian beliefs while also believing in the mysterious and wonderful ways of the Pagans. They were both fascinated and fearful of all things Pagan such as spell casters, dragons, giants and magic because of the potential good and bad things they could have caused. They tried their best to act as chivalrous as possible. In order to stay chivalrous, they looked up to chivalrous individuals like Jesus, King Arthur and Sir Gawain. And they read and told stories that taught about the importance of chivalry. The tale of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is one of the tales that they loved to read and tell. The tale taught about the blessings and curses of chivalry. Most importantly, it subliminally taught readers about the importance of forgiveness and that being forgiving is part of being chivalrous. And it taught that everyone is capable of forgiving and that everyone is eligible of being forgiven. The gigantic green knights of our lives also known as the people that we fear are capable of forgiving us for being imperfect if we own up to it, just like what Gawain did. The question that remains is did Gawain forgive Lancelot and Guinevere after he went through the Green Knight’s
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