The Green Knight Badge:
Right away when we are introduced to the Green Knight we can see that he holds the position of “the other” in this story. Riding into the court of King Arthur on a large green horse may suggest that the Green Knight is looking for a fight, but he is not. The Green Knight is described as, “most attractive was this man attired in green” (165). His tall and broad stature, his great beauty, and his lack of any armor or sword to defend himself leads us to believe he fills the position of “the other.” The only two things the Green Knight carries are an axe and a holly branch, a seemingly odd pair. As mentioned before, the Green Knight did not come looking for a fight or battle, rather he was looking for someone to challenge. He suggested that someone in the court be willing to play a game in which they use his axe to take a single swing in a blow to the Green Knight’s neck, and a year and a day later he would return the favor. When no one in the court willingly volunteered, he even mocked King Arthur himself. Thinking it must be some silly game, the King’s nephew, Sir Gawain, rises to the challenge. After Sir Gawain decapitated the Green Knight, we see him for the supernatural being he truly is. Picking up his own head to face the court, the Green Knight said that he would see Gawain in a year and a day to return the favor. That year and a day later, the Green Knight is a man of his word and attempts to sever Sir Gawain’s head from his body. However, we know that is not the way it works out. I think it is safe to say that the Green Knight is a man who gets a high out of challenging people and playing head games.

Symbols:
Unknown 8.58.08 AM.jpegThe Color Green: The color green connects the Green Knight to nature and lust. The Green Knight is connected to nature because he actually defies nature in itself by not being able to be killed. He is also connected to nature in the fact that his steed is a beautiful horse and for the fact that he sends Sir Gawain on this extensive journey through nature to find the beautiful Chapel surrounded by the beauty of earth’s extensions. The color green connects the Green Knight to lust because of his desire for a good challenge or game.

Iron_Axe.png The Axe: The axe represents the Green Knight’s connection to the supernatural. If this axe wasn’t present in the story, we may never have known that the Green Knight was a supernatural being. With the use of this axe in his beheading, readers are brought into this supernatural realm as he picks up his own head and begins to speak again. The axe adds to the mood of the story, this eerie and strange feeling brought to the jaw-dropped people of King Arthur’s court.

GreenKnighthead.jpgThe Green Knight’s Head: The head of the Green Knight represents his love for the challenge of a game. As cocky as he may seem for challenging people to such a “silly” game, his desire for the ability to be the proven winner is what drives the Green Knight. The people of King Arthur’s court believe that by taking the swift blow to the neck, they would kill the man and wouldn’t have to be swung at in return. Little did they know, the Green Knight was a supernatural being that could not be killed. If he didn’t love the promise of a good game so much, he never would’ve rode into King Arthur’s court in the manner he did, rude and unannounced.

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“’If anyone in this hall thinks himself bold enough, so doughty in body and reckless in mind as to strike a blow fearlessly and take one in return, I shall give him this marvelous battle-axe as a gift, this ponderous axe to use as he pleases’” (168)
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“’But if, lovely lady, you would grant me leave and release your captive, and ask him to rise, I would get out of this bed and put on proper dress, and then take more pleasure in talking with you.’” (191)


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“’So, now you have found courage it is time for the blow. Now may the order of knighthood given you by Arthur preserve you and your neck this time, if it has power!’” (219)



The Pilgrim Badge:
Chaucer describes most of his fellow pilgrims in a positive light. However, he does so, for some, in a satirical way. The way that he talks about the descriptions of each pilgrim really shows their true character and what their real desires are. It seems as though Chaucer is very forthcoming when he reveals what he values in each pilgrim, as well as what he dislikes about each of them. As mentioned before, Chaucer uses satire to describe the characters he possibly doesn’t like all that much. Chaucer values honesty, morals, true followers of religion, and just overall “good” people in general. It is obvious which qualities that he does not take a liking to, such as: gluttony, hypocrisy, fraud, vanity, theft, and lies. It is also quite funny in the way that Chaucer describes the appearances of each pilgrim. He mentions the some have oozing warts, faces that could scare children, etc. It is quite humorous reading about each of these different pilgrims.

My Rating of all the Pilgrims is on the "Pilgrim Morality Scale" activity we had done originally, so you may have to scroll to see the new updated list.

If I were to go on my own pilgrimage, I would make the trek all the way to Finland. It may sound strange, but it is where most of my blood relatives live, and have come from. It would be really nice to know where my heritage comes from and see the beautiful country that it is for myself, instead of just in pictures and videos. A pilgrimage over there would allow me to meet the rest of the family that I have never gotten to know or have only met one time in my life as a baby. My mother is constantly talking about how she misses Finland and all her family over there. I think it would also be a great bonding experience for the both of us if we were to go there together (even though she's my best friend already). I would love to get closer to the Finnish culture and all that it has to offer me. Sure, I know how to make Finnish bread and Finnish pancakes, but I'd really like to be immersed into the style of clothing, recipes of food, and style of dance that comes from Finland. Anyways, Finland is where I would go on my personal Pilgrimage if I ever got the chance.



The Doctor Faustus Badge:

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I think there are a few pretty good alternatives that Doctor Faustus could've taken to save himself.
  1. Truly reach out to God to save him (Seriously, not half-assed)
  2. Offer Lucifer the option of transferring his contract to a different soul.
  3. Do an act of true selflessness, a true act of good, to prove to the devil he was not worthy of hell.

First of all, if Doctor Faustus truly wanted to be saved, he should've called out to God. He should have truly repented for all of his sins and really meant it when he said he wanted to be accepted back into the grace of God. As the Good Angel said, you can always repent for your sins and God will always take you back with those sins being forgotten. If Doctor Faustus had taken the advice and done as the angel had said, he could've saved his soul from the contract with Lucifer to be back in the faith of the almighty God. However, he was too much of a wuss to do so. His fear of being torn to pieces kept him from doing so.

Second, I think this is the second best option Faustus could've taken if he didn't want to repent or his sins. If he approached Lucifer with his concerns and maybe offered that he could find someone else who was either willing to transfer the contract to themselves, or deserved to be under the oath of the contract, then it would work. He could be free if Lucifer took that option into consideration. I would've appreciated the alternative if he could find someone deserving of going to hell who wished to be bound by the contract. There are people who know they have sinned, but refuse to believe that God still has faith in them, so their only option is to go to hell, whether they want to or not.

Lastly, I believe if Doctor Faustus showed the devil that he was not deserving of going to hell, he may change his mind. If Faustus had done something truly selfless, for someone of Lucifer's choosing, in order to help or save another person, he could prove his worth. Maybe it wouldn't get him to heaven, but maybe, just maybe, Lucifer would want to keep him by his side to do his biddings. This isn't the best option, but it is better than going to hell and rotting in eternal misery.



The Mephistopheles Badge:
Mephistopheles is an interesting character in the fact that he is a bit complicated. It is almost as if he serves two roles throughout the play. Yes, he witnesses the signing of the contract between Faustus and Lucifer, and it is his duty to be sure that Faustus is eternally damned. However, his character also serves as a reminder of the terrors of hell and why Faustus should never have agreed to give up his soul. Even before Faustus signs the contract with Lucifer, Mephistopheles even advises him to think about what he's doing, almost as if to say "I've made this mistake, learn from mine." Throughout the play, whenever Doctor Faustus considers repenting or thinks of God and anything good, it is Mephistopheles job to step in and threaten him to remind him of his contract. His character's complications become deeper when we figure out that Mephistopheles himself has fallen from heaven into the gates of hell. In Act 1 Scene 3 from lines 77-81, we see Mephistopheles becomes sad at his memories of heaven and all of it's pleasures, "Why this is hell, nor am I out of it: Think'st thou that I who saw the face of God And tasted the eternal joys of heaven Am not tormented with ten thousand hells In being depriv'd of everlasting bliss?" Mephistopheles is a demon of hell, yet he is burdened by his thoughts of missing being in God's graces. A strange character indeed.

How To Be Mephistopheles Snap Guide


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All three of these photos represent Mephistopheles like the demon from hell that he is. A creature that is far from human based solely upon his appearance. Each of these representations give Mephistopheles a superhuman form, full of muscles, creepy looking skin, and some other protruding objects. In the play, there really isn't a given physical description of his character, so it is up to the reader to decide. However, if it was up to me, I would've guessed he looked something like the middle picture. In the first picture, he is given some creepy, dark, scaly skin that almost looks like armor. He has this awesome wrinkly face and pointy ears like an elf. Those nice curly horns are a cool touch in addition to the long, scrappy, oily hair he's got going on up there. Now, when we compare the first picture to the second, they look pretty similar. However, there is no dark and scaly in this skin. It's red, veiny, and quite muscular. He still has the horns, but is different in the fact that he's got some wings. The wings look a bit scaly, and have that horn/hook looking thing at the tops. His face looks a bit more scary than the first one, but still equally as ugly. The last one looks like a historical representation of Mephistopheles from a book of some sort. Besides the claw-like looking fingers and wings, this version looks the most human. The depiction of him flying over the city is king of interesting. Also, those wings don't exactly look like those of a demon to me, they look more like angel wings because of the feathers. It is interesting that in all three pictures, Mephistopheles is not clothed. Maybe that's normal, but to me it just seems a bit odd. The demon Mephistopheles is a strange character, it would be cool to see an accurate picture of what Marlowe believed he looked like.


The Beowulf Badge:
Beowulf was a hero of his time. He was a young buck in his early twenties with immense physical strength and skills for battle. We first see his journey begin on his destination to the land of the Danes. During this time, Hrothgar and his people were suffering death after death because of a nasty creature that went by the name Grendel. Beowulf felt as though it was only right to repay the people of Dane during their time of greatest need. It is funny that Unferth would challenge Beowulf about some of his greatest accomplishments and say that he is a fraud. Beowulf was a man of great honor and upheld values important to him. As a man of great strength, we see Beowulf tear off the arm of Grendel, which fatally wounded him as he bled out in his cave. The next test of Beowulf's strengths comes when Grendel's mother arrives for her revenge. They have a huge battle, just the two of them, which ends with Beowulf cutting her neck with an ancient sword and killing her. Beowulf is a hero to the Danes and is celebrated as such. Later on, we see Beowulf's journey into becoming King of the Geats. He is an honorable ruler who respects the wellbeing of his people, for the most part. After his kingdom was attacked by a dragon, Beowulf sets out with a few of his men to kill it. Now, this is where his flaw comes out. He is a selfish man. As a king, your thoughts should always be about how your actions will affect your people. His decision to go and fight this dragon was not about the people, but about himself and his own honor. It is true that he shouldn't have done so because, in his old age, it was almost guaranteed that he would die. Even though it left the people of Geatland vulnerable without a ruler and someone to guide them, I still feel as though Beowulf was an honorable man and king.

How To Be Beowulf Snap Guide

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The first picture on the left is the Hollywood movie version of Beowulf (which we know you are not a fan of Angelina Jolie playing Grendel's mother). He looks ready and determined with what looks like soldiers in the background. This portrayal is of him preparing for battle. Against who, or what, I am not sure. I'm sure if I watched the movie I would figure it out, but I have not. He looks very similar to the graphic novel version of the text that we have, with his blonde hair, beard, muscles, and armor. Moving on to the second picture in the middle, this Beowulf looks a bit different than the other two, or at least the common portrayal of Beowulf we all seem to know. This version gives Beowulf brown hair, which definitely throws me off. However, we do see the connection of him tearing Grendel's arm off, though this Grendel doesn't seem to be the size that the graphic novel shows us. The sight of Beowulf tearing off Grendel's arm with his bare hands leads us right back to the original text. It looks as though the sword is stuck in the ground on purpose just to show off what Beowulf can do, even without defending himself. This version gives off the vibe of really highlighting Beowulf's physical strength. The last picture on the left is probably my favorite out of the three. Just one look at this picture and the viewer can think "well, damn." (Or at least that's what I thought anyways) Although his expression doesn't reveal much, I can only imagine that Beowulf feels proud and undefeated. The way that there are scratches all over his body shows that there was a battle, but the severed head of Grendel shows that Beowulf was indeed the winner. He is not holding the head up to show it off, rather he is rightfully carrying it by his side almost as if it deserves to be there, not as a prize, but something determined by fate. This version also shows off the sheer strength and intense physical build that Beowulf has.