Essay about Comparing Beowulf And Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

767 Words Nov 24th, 2015 4 Pages
These two great literary pieces, “Beowulf” and “Sir Gawain and The Green Knight” revolve around the idea of heroes being brave, courageous and honorable. Both are very similar with slight differences, such as the way the hero is depicted throughout the story, the various elements of the stories, magic, and more. These stories influence readers at the time like what it means to be a hero and also there are Christian influences. In “Beowulf”, the main character Beowulf is legendary and venerable. He had slain countless monsters and in turn, gained many victories and much fortune, telling his tales for all. He serves himself, seeking all sorts of adventure, glory, and wealth. He is immensely brutal. This can be seen throughout the entire tale by several scenes, such as when Beowulf rips off Grendel’s arm, who has been terrorizing the people, and later dives into a lake to annihilate Grendel’s mother. He engages in long epic battles, yet remains victorious & noble even at the moment of death. The character Sir Gawain in “Sir Gawain and The Green Knight” however, can be discernible by particular aspects. Sir Gawain is a chivalrous, prominent, and courageous knight, but is more humble than Beowulf. In the first encounter with The Green Knight, Sir Gawain does not directly challenge The Green Knight, nor does he request for a duel. He simply agrees to The Green Knight’s challenge in order to protect his and his king’s honor. Similarly, these two heroes have a famed reputation,…

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