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Sir Gawain existed in late medieval England where romance and folklore was prevalent while Beowulf lived in the times when the Anglo-Saxons migrated hence the narrators visions both differed from what they believed constituted a true hero Beowulf written as an epic poem dictates the idea of a hero as someone who is viewed as a savior to his people Beowulf has one duty he must fight to win If he succeeds he is a hero if he fails he would be viewed a failure The narrator illustrates a hero as a loyal honorable and courageous person all of which Beowulf exemplifies Beowulf risks his life countless times for immortal glory and for the good of his peopleBeowulfs ability to put his people before himself mark him honorable He encounters hideous monsters and the most ferocious of beasts but never fears the threat of death His power surmounts twenty men in one arm alone additionally his leadership qualities make him a superb hero in the eyes of his fellow men For example when Beowulf is fighting Grendels mother who is seeking revenge on her sons death he is able to slay her by slashing the monsters neck with a Giants sword that can only be lifted by a person as strong as Beowulf When he chops off her head he carries it from the ocean with ease but it takes four men to lift and carry it back to Herot mead-hall This strength is a key trait of Beowulfs heroismHis loyalty and the ability to think of himself last allows all to view him with the utmost respect Beowulf ventured out to help the Danes with complete sincerity an unusual occurrence in the time of war and widespread fear He set a noble example for all humans relaying the necessity of brotherhood and friendship His loyal and courageous attributes are what set him apart from someone who can merely kill a monster In the final
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