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Beowulf

During the medieval era, many different heroes proved to be chivalric.Three of these heroes are Beowulf, Sir Gawain, and King Arthur.All these men have won great battles, which in turn endow them with hero status among their faithful subjects.These three heroes possess chivalric qualities, but none of them are perfect.All three have weaknesses and strengths, which give them the ultimate challenge of proving themselves chivalric.
Beowulf exhibits many weaknesses and strengths, which he portrays in battle.He doesn't believe in using weapons in battle.When he fights the dragon, he becomes mortally wounded because of his old age and slow reflexes."On the might of his hand, as a man must do who thinks to win in the welter of battle enduring glory; he fears not death" (Shaw 1).His beliefs have proven to be unwise.He should have realized sooner that letting his fate overthrow his wisdom would get the best of him in the end.There is no question that he is a great warrior, however, he lets his courage overtake his good judgment."The infamous killer fought for his freedom, wanting no flesh but retreat, desiring nothing but escape; his claws had been caught, he was trapped" (Anonymous 31-32).By leading his army into successful battles, Beowulf proves his chivalry.He understands what needs to be done to win, and this is one of his greatest strengths.However, while Beowulf has good intentions, his weaknesses outweigh his strengths.
Sir Gawain, from the story SGGK, also has many strengths and weaknesses.When the Green Knight challenges King Arthur, Sir Gawain tells him: "This affair is too foolish to fall you" (Shaw 1).Sir Gawain knows that the possible death of the king would be destructive to the community.His honor is set by his loyalty to his king.His downfall comes soon after: "When the lord returns on the third day, Gawain gives him a kiss but does…

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