Comparing Beowulf And Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Essays

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Imagine a cafeteria split straight down the middle. On the right side, you have walls made of stone, windows made of stained glass, and a fire chandelier overhead. In the center of the floor, is a giant round stone table where people of stature sit. On the left side, you have long wooden tables, and walls made of logs; one big chandelier overhead giving you just the slightest amount of light. There are big kegs in the far corner, and the noise of drunken men surrounds you. In the stories of Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the feast halls vary slightly compared to one another. In the story of Beowulf, the feast hall was at the center of town. It was designed to be the greatest building in the land, “a huge mead-hall, a house greater than men on earth ever had heard of,” according to Hrothgar. It was a place where men could get away from their day to day lives, and “share the gifts God had bestowed on him upon its floor with fold young and old.” The mead-hall was essentially the place to be until an evil was cast upon them. “So the company of men led a careless life, all was well with them: until One began to encompass evil, an enemy from hell. Grendel they called this cruel spirit,” and it was Grendel who terrorized this hall for twelve years. He would come in the night and kill the men asleep in the mead-hall, “Maddening with rage, he struck quickly, creature of evil: grim and greedy, he grasped on their pallets thirty warriors, and away he was out of…

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