Sir Gawain, the central character of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, is the tale of a brave knight whose rise to greatness begins with a challenge given by a mysterious green warrior. When his beheading game was rejected by the Knights of the Round Table, the Green Knight taunted them by stating “What, is this Arthur’s house.../that everyone talks of in so many kingdoms? /where are now your arrogance and your victories, / your fierceness and wrath and your great speeches?/now is the revel and the renoun of the Round Table/ overwalt wyth a worde of on wyghes speche, for al dares for drede withoute dynt schewed!”(Fitt 1.309-315). At this point Arthur, angrily, decides to take the challenge. Gawain gives the reader a glimpse into his character by describing himself and the reason as to why he should be the one to take on the challenge. With respect to Arthur, Gawain states “the weakest of them, I know, and the dullest-minded/ so my death would be least loss, if truth should be told/ only because you are my uncle am I to be praised/ no virtue I know in myself but your blood” (Fitt 1. 354-25...
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...asks in very masculine approaches which include: skilled use of weapons, invoking pain and instilling fear. The possession of the sword that Beowulf uses to kill her expresses a more masculine side of Grendel’s mother. The poet states that she possesses a sword that any warrior would dream of having. However, both women’s intention, whether direct or indirect, is to inhibit the hero from fulfilling his deed, as well as, put their courage to the test. In both poems, the women are portrayed as evil and manipulative. Whether she is sexually conniving or just plain destructive with devilish powers, a woman is described as an enemy like figure of man.
Beowulf. Canada: Broadview Press, 2009
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Canada: Broadview Press, 2009
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