The Old English and Middle English time periods brought about many works that are still around today. Judith was created many years before Sir Gawain and the Green Knight but these works can be compared and contrasted. The characters, Judith and Gawain, lead separate lives as they were not brought up the same way and they have a different idea of success. However, there are connections that would be hard to recognize at first glance. In each story, the main character goes on a quest that ultimately changes the life they once knew. There are obstacles they have to face but in the end, both become the hero. The relationship between Gawain and Judith is based on a quest to change fate while other factors like the deception of women have an influence in the overall outcome of the ending.
The authors that created each story did so in such a unique way that the two can be contradicting each other. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was written so well that the character and the reader make mistakes. A bob and wheel detours the reader so it is a difficult task to figure out where the story continues as the main character is having a hard time finding his way to the Green Knight. In contrast, Judith is straightforward and runs smoothly. However, the complete version of the poem is not available due to a fire. The readers will never be able to find out what Judith did before she went on her journey, whereas, people have an understanding of Gawain’s life.
Through Old and Middle English, readers are able to have a glimpse into the lives the Judith and Gawain. Not only were the stories made differently but their gender roles were different. The fact that Judith was a woman allowed her to become as close to the King, Holofernes, as she could. The text describes Judith’s appearance through Holofernes as it states, “Corrupted by his own violent acts, he then commanded the rich/blessed maiden, laden with bangles and adorned with rings, to be fetched hastily to his bedroom. His serving men quickly carried out what their leader, chief of mailed warriors, commanded; they marched noisily to the guest-house, where they found Judith” (34b - 46a). Not only was Holofernes deceived but Gawain’s gender role was tested as the woman tried to seduce him. In both, the deception of women was carried out well as it aided Judith but setback Gawain.
Women usually are not portrayed as the mastermind or warriors in most works so having a more essential role is a rarity. In Judith and Sir Gawain, Men are turned into puppets at the strong influence that the characters uphold. The women seem to be unaffiliated with the underlying significance of the story but their part is not found out about until the deceived learn the truth at the end. Morgan le Fay invented the entire setup that contributed to Gawain’s downfall due to his impulsive act. Gawain never thought of her as being someone capable of that but that makes her all the cleverer. She acted passionately...