Comparing Beowulf And Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Stephen T. Laylock December 1, 2009 Period 4 Mrs. Lestitian Compare and Contrast Paper “Beowulf” and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are stories of a dual ordeal: an external battle of vicious opponents and an internal battle with human tendencies of pride, greed, cowardice, betrayal, and self-concern. Examine both texts in this context and then compare and/or contrast the battles (internal and external) and the manner in which both heroes confront these “monsters”. Differences in Heroism Between Beowulf and Gawain Are there differences between heroes, or are all heroes alike? The two heroes being analyzed here are Beowulf and Sir Gawain. Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight both have unknown authors, while Beowulf…show more content…
(515-517) By showing off his victory, it depicts him having proud and arrogant features and characteristics. Beowulf exhibits more of a physical hero, killing monster, caring more about what people think of his physical attributes. These are some differences Beowulf shows in terms of heroism and what Gawain demonstrates. Beowulf was more of a physical hero, while on the other hand, Gawain is more of a virtuous/moral hero. In his trials, Gawain faces a moral battle throughout the text. “True to the chivalric code, Gawain has not betrayed the lord; however, he feels guilty about keeping the green scarf” (Sir Gawain 83), this statement points out the moral trials and battles that Gawain faced, instead of the physical ones Beowulf did. In the outcomes, Beowulf kills his monster, however Gawain chops his monster’s head off but doesn’t kill him, “The knight did not falter or fall, but at once he sprang up on his strong legs and jumped into the crowd and snatched up his head by the hair and held it high for all to see” (81). Gawain isn’t able to kill his monster but later, destroys his monster with his morals. The monster being his pride and selfishness. Beowulf cared to much about the physical things n this earth and was full of pride, by contrast Gawain successfully conquered his pride, “... and confessed everything that happened” (86). By confessing his wrongs, Gawain is humbled by his experience growing mature through his adventure to the Green

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