Compare and contrast the kinds of courtly life desccribed in lines 64-98 of Beowulf (Heaney translation) and lines 37-106 of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Boroff translation).
The kinds of courtly life described early in both Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (in the Heaney and Boroff translations, respectively) reveal a number of interesting similarities and differences, including the following:
- Both Hrothgar and King Arthur possess courts that are physically impressive. Hrothgar deliberately contructs a
. . . great mead-hall
meant to be a wonder of the world forever . . . (69-70)
Similarly, Arthur is surrounded by opulence, including
. . . a dais well-decked and duly arrayed
With costly silk curtains . . . (75-76)
In both cases, the richness of the surroundings may suggest a kind of materialism as well as a kind of pride in worldly possessions that may both be open to criticism, especially from a Christian...
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