Similarities Between Beowulf And Sir Gawain
During our english class this year, we have read many stories. Although they all deal with different problems, some characters stuck out to me as having shockingly similar characteristics. Beowulf, Sir Gawain, and Lady Ragnell may be three contrasting characters, however there are also some ways they are not that different.
Bravery is a very strong, important trait to carry, and every single one of those characters listed above express bravery in some type of way. Beowulf was very brave to take on the evil monster Grendel, just like Sir Gawain took on the green knight. Sir Gawain even went as far as to allow the Green Knight to “chop off” his head. That takes extreme bravery. Lady Ragnell had her very own way of expressing …show more content…
They were all willing to go to extreme lengths for love, family, friends, and loyalty. Beowulf put his life on the line to save the Danes from Grendel’s evil grip. He terrorized them daily, so Beowulf saw that as an opportunity to save his friends in need. A few sentences that truly expresses that is, “In his far off home Beowulf, Higlac’s follower and strongest of the Geats- greater and stronger than anyone in the world- heard how Grendel filled nights with horror and quickly commanded a boat fitted out, proclaiming that he would go to the famous king, would sail through the sea of Hrothgar, now when help was in need“ (Beowulf 36). Sir Gawain also took king Arthur’s place when the green knight challenged him to chop off his head. That is truly sacrificing oneself for true love. He took the king's place and followed through with the deal. In a year's time, Sir Gawain would have his head chopped off. By doing so, that also shows that Sir Gawain has extreme loyalty towards King Arthur. Lady Ragnell also valued love over everything else. She truly wanted someone to see her and love her for her true self. Although her motives may have seemed a little selfish at first, she turned out to truly love Sir Gawain. All along, she wanted someone to look past her horrid looks and marry her to break the curse. All of the characters ended up truly living happily ever after, except Beowulf. However, he died for a noble