Comparing Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Julius Caesar

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To establish recognition and to feel virtuous amongst other people, various individuals would try to accomplish everything even if means to sacrifice a man’s life. Resembling to the sacrifice that those individuals would take to feel that virtue, they’re mind start to fill with ambiguity, feeling anguished. Those are the feelings readers get when they read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Julius Caesar.

Julius Caesar is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599. It portrays the 44 BC conspiracy against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, his assassination, and the defeat of the conspirators at the Battle of Philippi. In 1599, when the play was first performed, Queen Elizabeth I had sat on the throne for nearly forty years, enlarging her power at the expense of the aristocracy and the House of Commons. Sir Gawain and the Green knight is Arthurian romance by an unknown author. It portrays the medieval times in Britain set in Camelot, the court of the legendary King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Since sir Gawain story has an unknown date, is uncertain of the events that might had occurred during this time period. Both of this stories where written for the audience to see the inhumanity of people when it comes recognition and the betrayal of the ones who suppose they cared about, and the repentance after doing human mistakes during the early ages.

In Julius Caesar time period Romans thought of themselves as very religious individuals. William Shakespeare was able to introduce that by introducing it on Julius Caesar speech before his assassination for example. “I could be well moved if I were as you. If I could pray to move, prayers would move me.” He also showed the importance Romans g...

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... of mist. Streams foamed and splashed down the slopes around them, breaking white against the banks as they rushed downhill”. In the other hand in Julius Caesar, he sees Rome as a horrible place made by man that only causes corruption among people.

In Conclusion both stories show that as humans, we make mistakes and we fall into temptation, sacrificing the unnecessary, actually giving up on belongings that are worth keeping. Leaving only behind things that shouldn’t even be on an individual, for instances: selfishness, ambiguity, and repentance.

Works Cited

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Seventh Edition. Volume 1. Ed. M.H. Abrams. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2000. 114-209.

Shakespeare, William. “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.” Elements of Literature: Kylene Beers. Austin: Holt, 2009. 842-963. Print.
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