Why Fantasy Appeals to Us Essay

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Life is a quest. As living beings we are constantly being tested in our everyday lives, whether we are aware of it or not. This concept is what makes the quest in a Fantasy novel so appealing. As readers, we experience a journey of our own parallel to the quest of the protagonist. The physical and psychological growth and change of the main character not only affects them, but also influences our personal quest in life. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, the protagonists find themselves tested externally and internally. Although Alice and Gawain come from two different ways of life, their leave from that permanence introduces them to worlds of the unknown, and consequently …show more content…
Her quests for meaning and understanding in a nonsense world, as well as her want to be Queen are all representative of the transition from childhood to adulthood. As a prepubescent child this journey is inevitable. Whether Alice wishes to take on the challenge or not, and her outlook is ever-changing; contraire to Gawain, this quest is expected of her.
In these alternate worlds Alice and Gawain’s mannerisms function in different fashions. As for Alice, her past lessons are inadequate and mocked in her adventures. This is specifically apparent, in her journey through wonderland when she attempts to enter the Duchess’ house. Alice’s initial action is to knock on the door, because that is what she is taught to do when you want to be let in. The Doorman of the house regards this act as nonsense, telling Alice that “there’s no sort of use in knocking” when he is on the same side of the door as she (Carroll 71). This critique of her etiquette leaves Alice feeling perplexed as to how se will get into the house if knocking is no use.
In contrast, Gawain’s mannerisms are praised and ultimately save his life. Throughout is short stay at the Red King’s castle he is persistently pursued by the Queen. He turns down the Queen’s advances each time. When Gawain finally encounters the Green Knight he is rewarded for his seemingly faultless behaviour; however Gawain soon comes to find out that there was more to the Green Knight’s test: “you’re by far the most

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