Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Comparison

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Unworldly characters such as beautiful fairy with her wise mind and magical wand, hideous monster craving for blood with its horrifying fangs, and mysterious elf luring children away from their parents often add a magical aroma to the stories. Readers are enthusiastic to learn how their heroes encounter with these marvelous creatures, whether receiving a powerful golden sword as gift or putting on a life or death fight for his loved ones. These unworldly characters help the readers to perceive the story in a more in-depth way; they make readers bringing up different question for their appearance, purpose, and the idea they symbolize. Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, two of the earliest great stories of English …show more content…

As the story proceeds to the third stage of violence, Beowulf’s great final battle, the Dragon stands as the greatest personification of evil and the loss of social value and honor. The Dragon’s rage is first intrigued by a thief’s selfish desire for its treasure, a desire and flaw in human character. The destruction that this monster brings is far more massive and damaging compare to the two previous evil beings; he would “leave nothing alive in his wake” and “reduced forts and earthworks to dust and ashes” (Heaney 157-159). It is by far the most powerful evil being and requires Beowulf’s own life for defeating it. When Beowulf faces the Dragon, he is accompanied by young soldiers, who flee at the sight of danger and in the protagonist’s time of need, “No help of backing was to be had…that hand-picked troop broke ranks and ran for their lives…” (Heaney 175). Only one remembers the generosity that Beowulf shows to him goes to his assistance. The honor and social values that is once emphasized so much and Respected have vanished. The corruption and the lost of social value and honor are also represented by the Dragon, which Beowulf fights to his own death in order to defeat it. The progression of the three battles underlines the violence behind each monster and presents the readers a symbolic view on evil and how it develops throughout the story. Similar to the method of pattern of three in Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight explores human