Beowulf And Sir Gawin And The Green Knight

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Captivating not only the atmosphere of the literary work, the setting provides context for the plot and characterizes the society that the characters interact within. The societies of Beowulf and Sir Gawin and the Green Knight, both written by anonymous authors, are drastically different but their courts, Heorot, the mead hall, and Sir Bertilak’s magical court do share similarities within the class structure but differ within gender roles. The story of Beowulf is one of warfare with supernatural creatures, Grendel and his mother, and a great dragon. It all begins with an attack on Heorot, which is named after a stag, a “hart,” which like the hart the mead hall is preyed upon by “a powerful demon, a prowler through the dark” (Norton Anthology: English Literature, 43). If this “fiend out of hell, [hadn’t] began to work his evil in the world,” the story of Beowulf wouldn’t have occurred but more importantly the culture that the Danes and Geats are a part of could not have been understood and analyzed while providing information of the ancient world that they were a part of (Norton Anthology: English Literature, 43). At the beginning and the end of the first tale within Beowulf, Heorot is used for feasting, such as celebrating Beowulf’s defeat of Grendel. During such an event, King Hrothgar distributes gifts to his loyal warriors. When rewarding Beowulf, the entire court watches on, ensuring that he is properly compensated. This emphasis on gift-giving highlights the generous

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