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John Gardners translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a romance that shares elements with modern day stories such as Edmond Rostands Cyrano de Bergerac Both romances consist of an idealized hero who fight and conquer the forces of evil Each includes a female figure that tempts the hero whether for good or otherwise And lastly both heroes undergo a quest brought forth to test their heroic manner and quality Romances from the past shine their quality through similar superheroes from todays society In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain showed heroic quality because for love of his king he took the Green Knights challenge Gawain refuses to let the king give up his life pg158 This shows Sir Gawains courage for no man except Arthur himself dared to accept the knights test Although he is certain he is headed for his death he fulfills the challenge and holds true to his word Much like Sir Gawains devotion to his king is Cyrano from Cyrano de Bergerac who devotes himself to his love Roxanne Cyrano like Gawain stands with courage and holds true to his principles in the face of death Like Gawain refused to let the king die Cyrano refused to let his love not meet Roxanne Because he felt that she could not love him because of his poor image he loved her through Christian who had the looks she desired Was he not a great lover a great man a hero Pg 170 Although Roxanne is portraying Christian Cyrano was the hero behind Christians image In both stories a hero is portrayed that devotes himself to a person that he shows love or gratitude for Secondly most romances have a temptress who antagonizes the hero In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight there is just that It was I who sent her to test you Pg 165 Sir Gawain was tempted by the knights wife to test his
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