Essay about Comparing Beowulf And Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

2119 Words Mar 11th, 2016 null Page
How often do we think about where our family traditions started? It could be something our parents created or something that has been going on for many years. Some of the things we do might be cultural or are rooted from our religion. Hospitality is a tradition that has been shared around the world in the past and present. Part of the medieval Christian faith was to be hospitable because it was important to welcome strangers into your home. Gift giving was also a big part of the middle ages which helped manifest relationships between friends and family. Gift giving has also been a principle of medieval and modern Christianity. The texts of Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight support similarities between modern and medieval Christian tradition.
To begin with, much can be observed when we look into hospitality in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. First, in the poem Beowulf, we see multiple moments of hospitality during his endeavors. Beowulf’s journey starts when he hears of the attacks in Heorot and so he ordered a boat to travel overseas from Geatland, his hometown. He knows certainly that he is the only man who is worthy of fighting the demon who has been wreaking havoc on Hrothgar’s town. Being the boastful man he is, he soon sets sail and arrives at Heorot. When he reaches the shore he and his men are greeted by a watchman who spotted them by the reflections off their armor. Beowulf and his men were strangers to this land so they were rightfully met…

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