sarah benton english classics final

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Sarah Benton English Classics Final Wed, May 13 th , 2009 Heroism is present in many classic English works, especially those of the Anglo-Saxon period. In our selected readings, “Beowulf”, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” and “Paradise Lost”, both Christian and Pagan heroism are displayed, generally as positive traits. The Anglo- Saxon view of heroism included traits such as chivalry, protection of women, willingness to die for a cause, passion, courage and self-sacrifice, among other traits. The medieval views of heroism put forth in these works all display these traits. Beowulf’s passion for the fight and true dedication to the cause he is fighting for shows his true heroism. In his many battles, most notably against Grendel, he displays most, if not all of the generic Anglo-Saxon ideas of heroism. He displays these traits against the backdrop of the pagan Danes. While Beowulf is kindhearted, yet strong, kind to women and in control of his vices, the Danes are out of control drunks who womanize and cannot manage to fight off the monster that is constantly threatening their land. This juxtaposition is key to the portrayal of
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