When Sir Gawain finally meets up with the Green Knight to accept his fate, he is only nicked on the neck. The Green Knight then comments: “Yet you lacked, sir, a little in loyalty there, But the cause was not cunning, nor courtship either, But that you loved your own life; the less, then, to blame” (2366-68).

Sir Gawain is the hero of the tale, but he clearly is not the idealized character the we meet in Beowulf. Consider the passage above in which Sir Gawain is “exposed” by the Green Knight.
Offer your insights about how Gawain differs as a hero from Beowulf, and why those differences reflect different cultural values.

You must write your answer to at least 300 words. 

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