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The ideals embodied in Beowulf and Sir Gawain are similar and they are different They both portray the same image heroes whose goals are aimed at saving the society As long as their characters match the views of the social convention they are seen as heroes Both Beowulf and Sir Gawain possess the ideals that are akin that is the definition of hero in their societies is the same and therefore they behave in a similar manner On the other hand differences also exist in both epics The type of society that each resides in is largely diverse Sir Gawains society can be viewed as more realistic whereas Beowulfs is highly supernatural Both epics contain a hero who endures ups and downs in order to comply with the ideals of the society What is a perfect hero According to the societies in Beowulf and Sir Gawain a perfect hero can be viewed as many things Beowulf is a story of the hero he surpasses other men gradually being defected at the end His great deeds are remembered by his people and are told over and over as stories of a hero The epic of Beowulf opens with what a good king should be So The Spear-Danes in days gone by And the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness heroic campaigns There was a Shield of Sheafson scourge of many tribes A wrecker of mead-benches rampaging among foes his powers waxed and his worth was proved Beowulf 1-8 From this passage violence is accepted in this society As long as it is for the good of the people any kind of inflicted violence by the hero is considered justifiable Societys view of a hero is told to Beowulf later in the poem This definition directly moulds Beowulf to be the type of hero that society wants him to be A protector of his people pledged to uphold truth and
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