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The three heroes discussed here Beowulf Sir Gawain and King Arthur are heroes for different reasons Beowulf our earliest hero is brave but his motivation is different than then other two To Sir Gawain personal honor and valor is what is important King Arthur Sir Gawains uncle is naturally the quintessential king of the medieval period Though all men to a certain extent share the same qualities some are more pronounced than in the others It is important to see how these qualities are central to their respective stories and how it helps or hinders them in their journeys The greatest value of Beowulf is his bravery some may say bravado There is no doubt that he is a great warrior Beowulfs heroism belongs to a different time than that of King Arthur or Sir Gawain For that reason his bragging about his prowess might seem decidedly unheroic When he tells Unferth I count it true that I had more courage More strength in swimming than any other man 514-15 41 it might be interpreted in a poor way What he is saying though is true In addition in order for him to succeed he must orally deliver his resume Nevertheless bragging aside Beowulf is undoubtedly a brave man When Beowulf sets out to kill Grendels mother he simply donned his armor for battle Heeded not the danger 1328-29 60 When his sword fails him he uses his physical strength On the might of his hand as a man must do Who thinks to win in the welter of battle Enduring glory he fears not death 1420-23 62 Certainly he is in search of fame Though this is true it must not discount his brave actions He gains his fame truthfully by doing battle with menaces to society He does not lie or manipulate to achieve fame he uses what is rightfully his his bravery Beowulfs bravery differs from that of King Arthurs for
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