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The Canterbury Tales CharacterKnightBeowulf Quest- fights religious wars - fights for god - fights for the good of others- kills evil things - fights in order to have bragging right - fights for the good of others Societys View- most admired person of all the tales - seen as a hero- seen as boastful and overconfident - seen as a hero Religious Beliefs- believes in God - goes to church in his torn war clothes- believes in God and pagan gods - it is never mentioned of him going to church Compare andor contrast the Knight to Beowulf All throughout literature there are characters that can be compared to each other Two examples are the Knight from the Canterbury Tales and Beowulf from Beowulf These two fictional characters exhibit both similar and diverse qualities Their quest societys opinion and religious beliefs show both of these qualities Victory is the quest of any great warrior The reasons for war between the Knight and Beowulf are to be disputed The Knight fights in religious wars This means that he fights for God On the other hand Beowulf fights only to kill Beowulf fights to obtain bragging rights Both of these men fight for the good of others Although Beowulf wants bragging rights he dies to save his people I sold my life for this treasure and I sold it well Take what I leave Wiglaf lead my people help them my time is gone In society the publics view of a man means everything Both are seen as heroes but the Knights reputation shows better than that of Beowulf The Knight the most admired of all the characters in the Canterbury Tales is very humble and modest And in his bearing modest as a maid The Knight resists any temptation to boast Beowulf boasts of all his victories and amazing feats Though ridiculed by many Beowulf thinks that popularity means everything He enjoys
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