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Hero ’ s Journey. The Journey. A process of separation, transformation and return All must be completed successfully to become heroic Individual growth 8 cumulative steps. The Call. Invites us into the adventure Face the unknown Gain something of physical or spiritual value

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Hero s journey

Hero’s Journey

The journey
The Journey

  • A process of separation, transformation and return

  • All must be completed successfully to become heroic

  • Individual growth

  • 8 cumulative steps

The call
The Call

  • Invites us into the adventure

  • Face the unknown

  • Gain something of physical or spiritual value

  • Willingly or unwillingly

The threshold
The Threshold

  • “Jumping off point”

  • Interface between known and unknown

  • “threshold guardians” try to block the passage, but become mentor/helper in quest once we’re ready for challenge (i.e. parents)

The challenges
The Challenges

  • Early challenges are easier and build confidence

  • Become more difficult

  • “tempters” try to pull us from our call with fear, doubt or distraction

  • Challenges strike our greatest weakness

Into the abyss
Into the Abyss

  • Greatest challenge

  • “slay the dragon”


  • Part of us dies so that a new part can be born (i.e. fear dies to make way for courage)


  • A dramatic change in the way we think or view life

The atonement
The Atonement

  • Become “at one” with ourselves

  • Incorporated the changes in ourselves spiritually

The return
The Return

  • Return to our life

  • May become richer, stronger, a great leader, spiritual guide or teacher

Where do we see this today
Where do we see this today?

  • Forrest Gump

  • The Lion King

  • Finding Nemo

  • Your own life from childhood into adulthood

Sir gawain and the green knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Honors English IV

Ms. Hardison

DECHS 2014

Anticipation guide
Anticipation Guide

  • Men often act macho to try to impress women.

  • There are many double standards in society regarding men and women.

  • Chivalry is dead.

  • If a married man/woman is unhappy he/she should seek companionship elsewhere.

  • It is worth it to die to save one’s honor.

Sir gawain
Sir Gawain

Romantic Hero

  • Brave

  • Childhood initiation

  • Fights against evil to promote peace

  • Performs extraordinary deeds with the help of magic

  • Sacrifice

Sir gawain1
Sir Gawain

The story’s protagonist. A loyal knight to King Arthur, as well as his nephew. Gawain goes on his quest to meet the Green Knight in order to uphold his knightly values.

The green knight
The Green Knight

Sir Gawain’s main opposition in the story. He is a richly decorated knight, who has green skin and hair.

King arthur
King Arthur

The King of Camelot. Uncle of Sir Gawain. It is at his celebration feast that the Green Knight challenges the court to a game.

Bertilak de hautdesert
Bertilak de Hautdesert

The Lord of the castle at which Gawain spends his time before meeting the Green Knight. We learn his true identity at the end of the story.

Minor characters
Minor Characters

  • Bertilak’s wife- During the competition between Gawain and her husband, she tests Gawain’s integrity and honesty

  • Morgan le Faye (The old lady)- Powerful sorceress trained by Merlin. Assists Lady Bertilak in testing Gawain

  • Guinevere- King Arthur’s wife and Queen. Seated next to Gawain during the court’s feast.


The Holiday celebrations take place at King Arthur’s castle in Camelot. It is here that the Green Knight challenges Gawain to exchange blows with him.

Bertilak s home
Bertilak’s Home

On his quest to meet the Green Knight, Gawain stays here for a short period of time.

The green chapel
The Green Chapel

The supposed home of the Green Knight. Gawain is sent here to keep his end of the bargain which he made with the Green Knight at Arthur’s holiday celebration a year prior

Major conflict
Major Conflict

  • Gawain’s struggle to decide between his duties as a knight and the worth of his own life.

Examples of the code of chivalry
Examples of The Code of Chivalry

  • Thou shalt defend the Church.

  • Thou shalt repect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.

  • Live to serve King and Country.

  • Live to defend Crown and Country and all it holds dear.

  • Live one's life so that it is worthy of respect and honor.

  • Live for freedom, justice and all that is good.

  • Never attack an unarmed foe.

Examples from the laws of courtly love
Examples from The Laws of Courtly Love

  • Thou shalt avoid avarice like the deadly pestilence and shalt embrace its opposite.

  • Thou shalt keep thyself chaste for the sake of her whom thou lovest.

  • Boys do not love until they reach the age of maturity.

  • When one lover dies, a widowhood of two years is required of the survivor.

  • No one should be deprived of love without the very best of reasons.

  • No one can love unless he is propelled by the persuasion of love.

Let s act
Let’s Act!

  • Narrator

  • King Arthur

  • Sir Gawain

  • Bertilak

  • Lady of the Castle

  • Guide

  • Lords and Ladies


  • Did Sir Gawain live up to the Code of Chivalry? The Laws of Courtly Love?

  • What does Gawain’s faults as the hero tell us about society?

  • If you were King Arthur would you have allowed Sir Gawain to accept the Green Knight’s challenge? Why?

  • Is it more important to achieve one’s goals or learn from one’s mistakes?

Links to youtube video
Links to YouTube video

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrb9nj3c64A