Compare And Contrast Sir Gawain And The Green Knight And Beowulf

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While the Epic of Beowulf, translated to modern English, by Dr. David Breeden and the Chivalric poem of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by W. A. Neilson have some similarities, such as possessing the characteristic of bravery and being noble, they do contrast greatly. To survive his adventure, Beowulf relies on God and faith for protection. Whereas, Sir Gawain relies on truth and promise. Regardless of how they accomplished their tasks, they completed them and continued until they were not needed anymore. In Beowulf the audience can view his use of survival in many sections of the poem. First there must be a need for survival, and this appears when Beowulf is requested to destroy Grendel. A big, intimidating, and undefeatable monster, murderous in fact, has taken multiple lives and could not be stopped. Grendel was a strong opponent, yet Beowulf conquered him by ripping off his arm. A conversation between Beowulf and Hrothgar after the battle demonstrates the protection that Beowulf believed in. As the two talk about the defeat of Grendel, Beowulf says, “To Glory be the God, I did what I could, though he be strong, he’ll die soon.” After defeating the worst monster around, at the time, he gave his victory to God. He repeatedly said that he would go into battle and God would chose his fate. To live and succeed or to die trying was how he approached every situation. Shortly after, Grendel’s furious mother started problems. Reinventing the wheel of the past vengeance of her
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