Compare And Contrast Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Shalyra Alleyne
Dr. Carol Bernard
English 2322-023—British Literature I
9 October 2017
Sir Gawain Is A Better Hero Than Beowulf, Or Is He? In both Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the two main characters have traits of heroism. The epic poem Beowulf, is about Beowulf coming to the land of the Danes, and defeating Grendel and Grendel’s mother who terrorize the town. He kills them both and then goes back to his homeland, becomes king of the Geats for fifty years, until he is defeated by a fire breathing dragon. The dragon kills Beowulf from biting his neck, and he dies a great appreciated king and warrior. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is about a green knight showing up at King Arthur’s New Years Eve feast, challenging anyone if they find him in one year; they may strike him with his own axe. Sir Gawain accepts the challenge, sets out on the journey, and stays at a castle he found. He sins by messing with the host’s wife, who is actually the Green Knights wife. Gawain finds the Green Knight, whose name is Bertilak, who forgives Gawain for his sins and they both live. Sir Gawain is the better hero due to his direct and intangible potential by using his thought and determination. In Beowulf, Beowulf’s main heroic trait is his courage. When Beowulf is preparing to fight the dragon he shows no signs of being discouraged or afraid of what is to happen, considering he is going to fight it one-on-one. The poet writes, “Yet the prince of the rings was too proud/to
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