Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf

“My body, but for your blood, is barren of worth; And tis I have asked for this folly not fit for a King.”

These are the words of a true hero. One who is willing to sacrifice his own

existence for the life of another. These are the words and actions of Sir Gawain, a

character from the beloved British tale, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Beowulf,

another character from an ancient British epic entitled, Beowulf, is also portrayed as a

“hero.” But Beowulf’s heroism factor does not even compare to Sir Gawain’s. The

difference between Beowulf and Sir Gawain, is that Sir Gawain is a real hero, and

Beowulf just thinks he is.

The two heroes can be compared in many ways. A major comparison would be

their physical characteristics...
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