While Beowulf is generally dated to the 8th century, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is thought to be a product of the 14th century (Cooner Lambden 2002). Thesis ment Sir Gawain and the Green Knight attempts to explore the conflict between the real and the ideal and portrays the journey of the soul from ignorance to truth.
Introduction The story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight centres on the theme of conflict between the ideal and the real.
Women were not trusted with power because it was considered the prized prerogative of men.
A man could not have been considered a hero without extravagant display of virile strength as masculinity was one thing which was respected above everything else.
The purpose of this essay is to stress on the reality of this claim that “both Beowulf and Sir Gawain are ideal examples of masculine heroes of different times who adhere to a strict code of conduct to maintain their macho image and demonstrate their courageous skills.” Beowulf is known to have possessed unparalleled and astounding perseverance which together with his heroic male robustness enabled him to win the first two wars as told in the poem.
He prefers a hand-to-hand war to have more opportunity to display his masculinity as is evident when the poem says, “hand-to-hand / is how it will be, a life-and-death / fight with the fiend.” (438-40).
Beowulf is a perfect example of a masculine hero because he possesses all attributes of masculinity and the concept of male dominance.
The poem itself is considered predominantly masculine in accordance with the common trend of those times.
Sir Gawain and The Green Knight The story of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight was written in the Middle Ages but looks back to an earlier period in British history.
The period is in the lifetime of the part historical and part mythical King Arthur, and the setting is his famous court in which the knights of the round table gathered to feast together and show their devotion to the king.