Archetypal Analysis Of Beowulf

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Beowulf and Gawain: An Archetypal Analysis of Cultural Values Relating to the ideals of life, death, and fate
When literature is created, the author inputs the values of his culture produced from his mindset. This is shown greatly with literature concerning protagonists who are creatures of habit. These novels greatly represent the theory presented by Joseph Campbell, Hero With A Thousand Faces. These characters may begin their adventure as neophytes, but the knowledge gained is a reflection of the author’s cultural beliefs, which slowly renders into the mind of the reader. During the Middle Ages the folk epic of Beowulf, and the epic poem of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight are two examples of the cultural ideals imputed for thinking. The
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He tell Hrothgar whether fate allows him victory or death, Beowulf will fight Grendel. When Beowulf and his men are left to defend the Heorot, the men neither fear nor take flight. Many of Beowulf’s men believe that they will see their last night, yet none leave Beowulf’s presence, for their loyalty is strong. Loyalty in this passage is shown by their trust in their leader, even if death is required. Whether pay attracted loyalty or not, it was upon the men to decide if they trust in their leader enough to take pay. Beowulf does not leave the Heorot and unsure of victory, waits for…show more content…
Throughout epic poem of Beowulf, the character never questions his decisions. He faces the arena with no second thoughts, trusting in fate's decision, thus accomplish tasks of good deeds and gaining fame and honor. Throughout the novel of Sir Gawain, the character constantly ponders whether he should go through with a risky action. He holds his life of higher value rather than his honor. Through the trails however, he learns to hold honor and chivalry higher than his life and to not fear death. Whether or not these novels were written in different time frames, the main message stood strong then and should today. We are prone to die, whether fate is the decider or not. So whatever conflict or dilemma we face, we should approach with fearless hearts. For life does not matter as much as the mark of fame and honor we leave when we accomplish the tasks of good deeds while we
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