The Use of the Supernatural in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The supernatural is a literary device that has frequently been utilized in works of fiction. The purpose of this literary device have evolved alongside the evolution of literature and language. The function of the supernatural often varies based on the style and structure of the text in question. The supernatural has an important role in both Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf. In both poems, the use of the supernatural adds dynamism to the characters, enhances the setting, and assists the poets in conveying their respective messages.
In both Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the protagonists defeat various supernatural creatures, ultimately becoming heroes. The heroic qualities of both Beowulf and Sir Gawain are enhanced by their triumphs over the supernatural. Using the supernatural as a literary device is what gives each protagonist the honour that transforms him into a hero. However, each poem uses the supernatural in a different manner. Unlike Sir Gawain, Beowulf possesses supernatural physical abilities. One of the qualities Beowulf is quoted as having is superhuman strength, and it is this remarkable attribute that enables him to defeat the monster Grendel.
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