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英國文學 Beowulf&Sir Gawain

在Beowulf裡面有哪裡可以找到有關基督教跟有關Germanic hero idea的地方?

Sir Gawain And The Green Knight裡面哪裡可以找到有關courtly romance的地方?

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    The author employs the character of the dragon to show the irony among early Danish society and Beowulf's weakness; pride. Beowulf starts out the book as a hero and this lands him the kingship. However, in the end, when he is forced to choose between being a hero or a king, he chooses being a hero. Hrothgar warned Beowulf that his pride may get in the way in the future, but Beowulf forgets his good judgment when the dragon attacks. As Hrothgar foreshadowed years before, "Have no care for pride, great warrior. Now for a time there is glory in your might; yet is soon shall be sickness or sword that with diminish your strengthÖthen is shall be that death will overcome you, warrior." (Tuso, 31) He ends up leaving his kingdom in a time of need instead of being a responsible King and accepting that he has given up his role as a hero. In this instance, instead of risking his life as a self-sacrifice like he did as a hero, his real sacrifice would have been to remain king and forego a last chance at final glory and fame. However, Beowulf truly is a hero at heart, so he chooses the warrior path. In the end, he has a warrior's burial on a funeral pyre, instead of a more Christian type service. Beowulf's shortsightedness and quest for glory are clearly part of the pagan influence on the poem that molds it into the heroic epic that it is.

    The poem beautifully celebrates the culture of the early Danes, while incorporating newer influences from Christianity. It is interesting in the end that Beowulf's heroism, a Danish attribute, triumphs over the Christian values of humility and self-sacrifice. Beowulf can be interpreted so many different ways, but it stands out almost as much as a historical document of the changing times as a great work of fiction.

    參考資料: 上課筆記
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