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A Comparison between Beowulf and Redcrosse Knight
Both Beowulf and Redcrosse Knight exemplify the perfect hero in two
separate periods, The Middle Age & The Early Modern Period. The story
of Beowulf shows the effect of the spread of Christianity in the early
Danish paganistic society that values heroic deeds and bravery above
all else. Beowulf’ s heroism is explored in three separate
conflicts, those with Grendel, Grendel’ s mother, and the sea
monster. Redcrosse Knight, the protagonist of “The Faerie
Queen,” stands for the virtue of Holiness— though he is the
individual Christian fighting against evil. What is a hero? According
to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, a hero
is a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose,
especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.
“The Faerie Queen,” written during the early modern period,
narrates a massive change in Christian religious thoughts and
practices. Redcrosse Knight offers his services to Gloriana, Queen of
Fairyland. Una (representing truth) reveals that the dragon of hell
has captured her parents and that she needs assistance in getting them
free. Redcrosse takes on the challenge of getting her parents released
(Canto 1). This demonstrate a hero, he will go through great trials
and fight fierce monsters and this in itself is the character of a
heroic knight. Not only does his armor protect his body and those with
him, but also being a Christian (Protestantism) he has the protection
of Christ. For the Christian to be holy, he must have true faith.
Much of Beowulf is dedicated to verbalizing and demonstrating the
heroic code, which values strength, courage, and loyalty in soldiers,
hospitality, generosity, political skill, and good reputation in all
people. The heroic code is crucial to warrior societies as a way of
understanding their relationships to the world and the danger waiting
outside their borders. Redcrosse Knight, conversely, accustom to the
chivalric code, must defeat villains who impersonate the falsehood of
the Roman Church. Redcrosse must defend the natural realm of villains
plus the spiritual realm of evilness. The rich qualities of loyalty,
humility, sacrifice for the good of others, and sympathy for those
less fortunate are seen woven into the text as well as the negative
consequences from greed and pride. He encounters several evildoers,
the dragon from hell, Archimago (evil sorcerer), Sansfoy (without
faith), Sansloy (without the law of god), Duessa/Fidessa (falsehood
and the Roman Church) to name a few. These evildoers fight Redcrosse
Knight through deceit, lust, and untruth. Therefore he must be armed
with faith in Christ to overcome the evils of the spiritual realm.
As we can see, equally Beowulf and Redcrosse Knight have a vast
amount of bravery. They both defeat enemies that attack or capture
innocent people. They both constantly pray to Christ for assistance in
fighting off evil