Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Essay

1202 Words Oct 19th, 2016 5 Pages
In Burton Raffel’s poem, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” Sir Gawain, a knight of the round table, is the hero who embarks on a journey and returns with a better knowledge of his true inner self. The poem starts at Camelot’s Christmas celebration when Sir Gawain accepts a challenge from the Green Knight, basically agreeing to let the Green Knight behead him in a year from their first encounter. Sir Gawain stays true to his word and a little less than a year later goes on a quest to find the Green Knight to complete their deal. Contrary to most myths, Sir Gawain does not really come back with a boon for the community rather, a reminder for himself to stay true, even in the face of fear and or hardship; When he returns to Camelot and shares his journey and how he failed to stay 100% true, the court is mainly just happy to have him back and does not quite seem to get the important lesson Sir Gawain learned through his journey.
Prior to meeting with the Green Knight at the end of his journey, Sir Gawain finds himself at a castle in which he is invited to seek shelter and food. It is at this castle that Sir Gawain agrees to another “game”, one with the King of the castle. The King of the castle welcomes Sir Gawain to anything from the castle as long as he returns it to the King, no questions asked, by the end of the night in exchange for the Kings winnings from his hunt that day. Sir Gawain is pursued by the lady of the castle and returns all of his treasures, in this case…

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