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The Characteristics Of Beowulf And Sir Gawain As An Epic Hero

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According to Tom Hanks, a hero is “somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown.” A hero is someone who puts another’s needs before themselves, is strong, and courageous. Sir Gawain and Beowulf are epic heroes who embody these ideals. Sir Gawain is part of King Arthur’s court, and he is the sole knight who bravely accepts the Green Knight’s challenge in order to protect his king. On the contrary, Beowulf is a warrior and a king. He is constantly battling monsters for the glory and fame. Sir Gawain is more honorable, because he has superior beliefs, motivations, and is more courageous. Although Sir Gawain and Beowulf are heros, they have very different values. One of Gawain’s main morals is to keep his promises and at the end of the year, “Gawain leaves on his quest to find the Green Knight and fulfill his pledge” (216). Although Gawain knows he is leaving to his death, it is important to him to honor his end of the bargain. Sir Gawain also values humility and is not afraid to put himself down for the benefit of others. When he convinces King Arthur to let him accept the formidable challenge, he says, “I myself am the weakest, of course, and in wit the most feeble; my life would be least missed, if we let out the truth. Only as you are my uncle have I any honor” (214). Gawain wants to make sure his king is safe, even if it meant sacrificing himself.. He also mentions that the only reason he has honor is because of Arthur. On the other hand, Beowulf has many different
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