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Whos The Hero Beowulf and Sir Gawain are both very brave characters There are many similarities between the two More numerous than the similarities are the differences The differences between the two characters are like night and day According to the dictionary a hero is a man or boy of great courage spirit and has undergone great danger or difficulty A hero is also any admirable or highly regarded man A savoir on the other hand is just defined as one who saves Despite the fact that both have very different characteristics and some heroic and savoir-like qualities Beowulf should be considered the hero and Sir Gawain is the savior To begin with both Beowulf and Sir Gawain have heroic characteristics Sir Gawain is both strong and brave For example when the Green Knight came to King Arthurs court the Green Knight required a knight to take his test Although no one volunteered at first Sir Gawain did eventually step forward to volunteer An example of the strength of Sir Gawain comes when he is in the castle of the White Knight The White Knight is really the Green Knight and he has his wife attempt to seduce Gawain but Gawain does not fall under her spell Beowulf is also shown to be strong and brave In the beginning and throughout the story Beowulf goes looking for the monsters Beowulf is stronger in the physical sense than in the mental one One contrasting quality that can also be considered a comparative quality is pride Sir Gawain appears in the beginning of the story as a humble knight when he says this on page 50 I am the weakest the most wanting is wisdom I know And my life if lost would be least missed truly Later in the story Gawain gains more pride as he strays from his faith Beowulf on the other hand has pride in himself throughout his story In the
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