Comparing Beowulf And Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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“I need a hero…and he’s gotta be larger than life” "Often, for undaunted courage, fate spares the man it has not already marked" (Beowulf, 572-573). Courage, bravery and honesty are all attributes that make a good hero; the definition of a hero may have minutely changed over time, but the overall idea will always be the same. Today’s standards and musical lyrics indicate that people still want to have traditional heroes. “Where have all the good men gone and where are all of the gods…Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed? I need a hero…and he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight… and he’s gotta be larger than life” (Tyler). In the poems Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the hero has all of the qualities listed. Both men are not only kind and loyal to their comrades and townspeople, but they also show dominance and prove that they are worthy of the title “hero.” Beowulf and Sir Gawain have all the characteristics of a gallant warrior as well as the flaws that also seem to accompany most heroes. Sir Gawain, the hero of his own tale, was willing to die…show more content…
In Sir Gawain, the Pentangle is also a reference to the virgin Mary and her five stages with Jesus. “There is great significance in the fact that the events in this poem occur in multiples of three. Three times Gawain is tempted by the lovely lady,…The Green Knight swings at Gawain three times…The significance of all these threes is that Christianity teaches the trilogy: the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost…The fact that the events unfold in counts of threes explains the … poet trying to connect this story and this passage to the bible and biblical events” (Parkins). In Beowulf, the kingdom of the Geats was Christian, and they prayed to God during the difficult and constant battle with the demon. Beowulf also mentioned that Jesus is Lord and
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