Amy BallardNovember 17, 2011RichardsonMedia Project In the multimedia project the three images and quotes that I paired were Sir Gawain andthe Green Knight with The Grinch, the poem Polish and Balm with Confessions of a Shopaholic,and Private memoirs and confessions with Armageddon. I chose three different texts and relatedthem to a wide array of modern images. Hopefully when the quote is read the picture can easilybe related. If by chance they cannot, I will explain my comparison between the text and image. My first quote is “Great wonder grew in the hall, at his hue most stranger to see, for manand gear and all were green as green could be,” from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight byArmitage. I paired this text with the Grinch, from “How the Grinch stole Christmas.” When firstreading the quote Dr. Seuss immediately came to mind with the alliteration and ending “green asgreen could be.” Referring to for man and gear and all were green as green could be, puts theimage of the Grinch into ones head. It relates to the Green Knight because he towered over theother knights and was considered a beast of a man, such as the same way the Grinch was a beastto the Who’s of Who Ville. This is a great example of how a text about the mythical creature of agiant green knight can be related to an animated feature of a children’s author, Dr. Seuss. The second quote chosen is a line out of Kay Ryan’s poem Polish and Balm, “We knewshe loved them but not what love means.” This quote was paired with the recent movieConfessions of a Shopaholic. When first reading this quote the thoughts that came to mindsomeone that loved something artificial or substituted a love through something than actual love
for another human. This image shows that the character obviously loves shoes but does she reallyknow what love means. This image shows that she has love for these objects but realizes she hasto get rid of them. This relates to the poem of Polish and Balm because it’s the same concept ofletting dust accumulate on objects that once meant something and maybe were even loved. Bothtext and image are about loving something but letting it go (selling). This also proves that theyloved them but not what actual love means. The last quote is from Hogg’s, Private memoirs and confessions of a justified sinner,“With regard to the work itself, I dare not venture a judgment, for I do not understand it.” Theimage chose to be paired with this is the movie, Armageddon. The scene is with all theunqualified, uneducated, and unprepared men that have been made into astronauts in the shortestamount of time to save the human race from a meteor headed straight toward Earth. Whenreading this quote the thoughts were related to something that a person just completes or doeswithout asking questions. Something along the lines of doing it because they were told orbecause they think it’s the right thing. The same goes for the movie, Armageddon. Most of themen do not understand the mission that they have been selected to do, but agree to it becausethey think it’s the right thing to do. They do not ask important questions or questions that shouldcome too normal minds with such a monumental task. All three of these images and quotes relate a piece of a novel in our history to a modernpiece of media in our society. This shows that all things in history can be related and somehowconnected to our world around us today with a little imagination and thinking. No one at firstglance would compare Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch stoleChristmas, and clearly after relating the quote to the image there is an obvious connection.
Hopefully after reading the quotes with Ryan and Hogg and images of Armageddon andConfessions of a shopaholic the connection will be just as apparent.
Works CitedArmitage, Simon. “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: a new verse translation”. New York: W.W Norton, 2007. PrintRyan, Kay. “Polish and Balm.” Poetry 188.3 (June 2006): 208. Print.Hogg, James. “Private Memoirs and Confessions of a justified Sinner.” NYRB Classics, 2002.Print.“The Grinch.” Villains Wiki.com, n.p, n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2011http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/The_Grinch“Confessions of a shopaholic.” Ruth’s valley.com, Ruth’s valley. 2 Feb.2009. Web. 14 Nov2011.http://ruthsvalley.blogspot.com/2009/02/confessions-of-shopaholic.html“Armageddon.” Crop Duster.com, Robert Horton. 29. May. 2011. Web 14. Nov. 2011.http://roberthorton.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/armageddon-the-cornfield-30/