Essay on Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

1472 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
Can one hero be better than another? A hero does more than just save lives and fight the bad guys; it is about the journey of finding oneself during that process and defeating the evil found within. A hero needs good character, strong morals, and the ability to resist temptations. Beowulf and Sir Gawain are both literary heroes. The epic poem “Beowulf” shows a brave knight going on a journey to defeat his long time enemy, Grendel. The poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” takes the audience on a journey with a knight named Sir Gawain, who also defeats his enemy, which turns out to be himself. So, which hero is better? Although there are many similarities and differences between Beowulf and Sir Gawain that set them apart, such as their character progression, their internal and external conflicts, and how they uphold their morals and values, Sir Gawain and Beowulf are both literary heroes, however Sir Gawain is the better of the two. In literary works, the audience often sees the main character go through many tribulations and change throughout the story. The character progression of Beowulf takes place slowly after he defeats Grendel. Since the beginning of “Beowulf”, Beowulf has continued to boast about himself and think of himself as higher the rest. After he defeats Grendel, he shows more boastfulness than ever. The author writes, “Beowulf was granted the glory of winning; Grendel was driven under the fen-banks, fatally hurt, to is desolate lair...the end of his life…

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