What are literature similarities between Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?

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The classic literature pieces Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight were written centuries apart, but have many similarities.  Both include tragic heroes with tragic flaws – pride or hubris in this case.  The main characters’ journeys lead them each to learn much about themselves.  Both include elements of bildungsroman, or a coming of age story as they both deal with young warriors proving themselves as they grow up throughout the course of the text.  Also, both titles include monsters that must be conquered, both physical monsters and mental/ emotional monsters.