Why Fantasy Appeals to Us Essay
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