Sir Gawain - Green Knight - Mankind - Divine - Bible
In the Bible, the holy Christian book, there are vivid descriptions of God and his values. These values are divine and holy, and men always try to replicate them. In the book Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, there are demonstrations of similar values and their effects on humanity. This paper will use these values to demonstrate the relationship between Mankind and the Divine.
There is a relationship between humanity and religion (Harrison 65). In particular, Christianity was the initial religion of the kingdom of King Author, Camelot (Harrison 28). In his travels to seek out the green Knight, Sir Gawain demonstrates Christian values and curses everything that he perceives as a threat to his path to righteousness. For example, he curses the castle of the Green Knight because it represents death and blesses the other castle because it represents paradise. These curses are reminiscent of similar curse used by Christ on everything that represented evil and the blessings on everything that represented goodness (Harrison 1-106).
In times of need, humanity turns to divine values for inspiration and protection. These values emanate from the belief that God always protects his servants and keeps them from harm. For example, Sir Gawain used the pentangle on his armor as a symbol of the protective values of the Virgin Mary in the Christian bible. In addition, he prays to God when he needs a place to stay when he almost starves to death (Harrison 1-106). All these instances demonstrate that a man is drawn to divinity by its protective values and protection of a better life. For example, the image of Virgin Mary is proposed to be a symbol of life after death (Harrison 1-106). Therefore, Sir Gawain may have been inspired to carry the symbol in the hope of better quality of life after death.
[...] For example, there are three days in the castle and they are represented by the three swings of the axe. In addition, the whole quest was a test because the knight would have chosen not to go. The initial test, where the Green knight dared the Knights of King Author to a challenge was a measure of their courage, a divine quality in knights. Te other tests evaluated the honesty of the knight and they grew stronger every day. He failed these tests as shown earlier. [...]
[...] This attempt to imitate the night is symbolic of the attempt of the entire human race to replicate divine values. Though humanity fails in replicating these values, perhaps leading to the proposition that they were put in the Bible to set a target for morality, people try their best. For example, the value of courage is very important, especially to people like Sir Gawain. For example, he was ashamed when he flinched and he kept going despite the knowledge that imminent death awaited him. The shame demonstrates that a divinity inspires the best out of humanity. [...]
[...] "Chapter 21. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. N.p June 2010. Web Apr Harrison, Keith. Sir Gawain and the green knight. Oxford: Oxford University Press Print. [...]
[...] Sir Gawain and Green Knight review: The Relationship between Mankind and the Divine In the Bible, the holy Christian book, there are vivid descriptions of God and his values. These values are divine and holy, and men always try to replicate them. In the book Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, there are demonstrations of similar values and their effects on humanity. This paper will use these values to demonstrate the relationship between Mankind and the Divine. There is a relationship between humanity and religion (Harrison 65). [...]
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