|Beowulf Vs. Sir Gawain
“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. Beowulf is “mighty, the strongest man ever.” Sir Gawain is
“honorable, a brave and true knight.” Beowulf only happens to be strong on the outside.
But Sir Gawain, along with his muscular build, contains a...