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In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf we encounter single heroic men under a great king on an adventurous quest for recognition and honor Hard to imagine that though so much alike they differ in category Sir Gawain and the Green Knight contains very similar aspects of an epic poem which creates vast similarities between sir Gawain and Beowulf Both of the famous writings entwine lineage the warrior code and mysticism to enhance the adventures of our heroes There are many examples that emphasize the similarities but the first aspect of both these stories that was recognized was lineage In the epic as we will call it King Arthur and his kin are brought out to be the decedents of the great and treacherous knight Aeneas Though King Arthur was counted most courteous of all 25-6kings his lineage is brought out to be from ancient Rome Sir Gawain is the kings nephew and one of his most trusted knights and at the feast sits with the king at his table with only a few other knights which indicates his closeness to the king and queen Later on we find out that it is actually Sir Gawains aunt Morgan Le Faye Arthurs half-sister that has fixed to test the honor and authenticity of the round table and Arthurs court By having the Green Knight Bercilak play the beheading game with Sir Gawain she is able to observe her objective Beowulf is also King Hygelacs nephew and we learn that when Hygelacs son Heardred dies Beowulf becomes king But in the beginning of the epic Beowulf mainly goes to help the Danes king Hrothgar due to a favor that Hrothgar had once done for Beowulfs father and for the sake of recognition This like many other instances can be compared to Sir Gawain in which they Sir Gawain and Beowulf are thrust into certain adventures due to loyalty to their kings and loyalty to
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