Achilles Vs Beowulf

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Colt Summers Mrs. DeSilva English 12 28 September 2015 Totally Epic An epic hero is a legendary figure who performs deeds requiring incredible courage and strength. Beowulf is an epic poem that place in Scandinavia and tell the story of the great warrior, Beowulf who defeats monsters terrorizing the Danes and Geats. A thousand years before Beowulf however, was an epic poem written by the mysterious Homer called The Iliad. The Iliad relates events during the Trojan war and introduce the great runner, Achilles, and his conflict with a warrior named Hector, who killed his best friend, Patroclus. Heroic bravery and a sense of justice describe both Achilles and Beowulf. However, the “strongest Great” and “great runner” come from different languages…show more content…
For instance, Beowulf stated in his last battle against the dragon, “no one else could do/what I mean to, here, no man but me/could hope to defeat this monster. No one/could try.” (pg. 59 627-630), Beowulf is expressing to the reader that he knows no other man would attempt to fight this beast and he knows he is the only man who can come out in victory because of his bravery and his past accomplishments. On the other hand, in the Iliad, Achilles is seeking revenge on Hector for the death of his friend and states; “I shall confront the dark/ drear spirit of death at any hour…”(pg. 77 56-57). The main character, Achilles, is showing that he is ready to take on the battle against Hector, knowing that death could be the outcome. Therefore, these characters can be compared by their heroic…show more content…
Beowulf’s battles do not come against men, but against monsters who bring hell to the land. The “strongest of the Greats” tells his audience, “I swam/ in the blackness of night, hunting monsters…” (pg. 43 155-156). Beowulf is telling about his other monster hunts, and is letting Hrothgar know Grendel will be no different. As Beowulf hunts monsters, Achilles hunts men and states, “ Now I must go to look for the destroyer of my great friend.”(pg. 77 55-56). Achilles is now looking for Hector to bring glory back to his friend Patroclus. Beowulf and Achilles are the same type of warrior, but fight different types of

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