Comparing Beowulf And Sir Gawain Essay

1309 Words Oct 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Introduction: A hero to me is someone that is honest, brave, has courage, protects the public, and is willing to lay their life on the line to protect others. Beowulf and Sir Gawain are both heroes in their own right because of different traits that they have shown in many different forms in their journies. They both share heroic traits, but they both possess qualities that the other does not as well. Although there are other qualities that they lack which could be used in an argument saying that they aren’t heroes, they are human. I’m going to go right into the qualities that Beowulf and Sir Gawain share and give examples of these traits from their adventures.

To start off both Sir Gawain and Beowulf are loyal and show it throughout their poems.
Beowulf shows he is loyalty toward his people the citizens of Geatland over which he rules. This is expressed in the quote “For this, this gold, these jewels, I thank Our father in Heaven, Ruler of Earth or all of this, that His Grace has given me, Allowed me to bring to my people while I breath Still came to my lips. I sold my life for this treasure, and I sold it well. Take what I leave, Wiglaf, lead my people, help them; my time is gone.”(Pg. 64 L. 805-812). Sir Gawain shows that he has loyalty by stepping in for King Arthur in the Green Knight’s challenge, instead of Arthur risking his life. This is stated when Sir Gawain says “ I beseech you, sire, let this game be mine…… and let it fall to me.” (Pg. 231 L. 118-136) This is…

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