Beowulf VS Gawain

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In the poems Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the protagonists Beowulf and Sir Gawain demonstrate the characteristics of a hero. Courage is the one of the important characteristics that the great hero must be. When compared and contrasted, the two characters portray the quality in their own way. In the poem Beowulf, the main character, Beowulf is an incredible person who is willing to defeat anyone to keep his people safe. When Beowulf hears about the evil monster, Grendel, terrorizing King Hrothgar's people, he agrees to fight Grendel without hesitation. Beowulf fights the monster without any weapons, when he comes face to face with Grendel. And with his bear hands, Beowulf rips the arm off Grendel. By doing this, we see that Beowulf lacks no bravery. Towards the battle one last time, Beowulf who is being old and tired fights a dragon that has been frightening all his people. This battle ultimately kills him but he manages to kill the dragon too. The double death is for protection of his people. By putting the welfare of his people before his own and displaying super-human physical strength and courage, Beowulf shows the characteristics of heroism. In addition, he understands that fate ultimately decide the outcome of his battles as showing no fear and preparing for any possible outcome. I think he is very courage that no fears the fate in form of death. While the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the main character, Sir Gawain faced different challenges than Beowulf. One of the first places we see his bravery, when Gawain alone volunteers to take Arthur’s place in the beheading game that proposed by the Green Knight. By doing this, Gawain not only shows his courage, but also his honor for the chivalric code. He proves his honor by setting out to find the Green Knight a year later; even though he does not know where he lives and is certain his

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