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In this essay the differences between language religion and the code of chivalry will be discussed The focus of this essay will be the stories of The Canterbury Tales and Beowulf This essay will also focus on the times on the Medieval and Anglo-Saxon periods The Canterbury Tales is written in Middle English this type of writing is similar to the English written and spoken today In contrast Old English is the type of writing used in Beowulf This type of writing can be read only in modern translation or by students of Old English Students often read The Canterbury Tales in its original language not only because of its similarity to modern day English but because the beauty and humor of its sounds of external and internal rhymes would be lost in translation The religious aspects of these two stories can be based upon the Knight from The Canterbury Tales and Beowulf from Beowulf Victory is the main quest for any great warrior but the reason for war between the Knight and Beowulf are quite different The Knight fights in religious wars he is fighting for God On the other hand Beowulf fights only to kill Beowulf fights to obtain bragging rights As heroes the Knights reputation is seen better than that of Beowulf The Knight who is the most admired character in The Canterbury Tales is very humble and modest The Knight never has any need to boast whereas Beowulf boast of all his victories and amazing defeats Beowulf thinks that popularity means everything He enjoys hearing people talk of his greatness and he especially likes compliments The humble Knight is moral and goes to church in his battle clothes just to be near to God While in Church he ask for forgiveness for the killing he does in the wars Beowulf is also moral but he believes in pagan gods Beowulf does not ask for forgiveness for his killing
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