Epic Heroes: Beowulf Vs. Achilles

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Taylor Cummings Mrs.DeSilva English 12 29 September 2015 Beowulf vs. Achilles In the epic poems “Beowulf”, which was written by someone who is still unknown to this day, and “The Illiad”, which was written by Homer, there are two epic heroes named Beowulf and Achilles. They are based in two different places and two different time settings, Beowulf is from a time when there were people known as the Anglo-Saxons and Achilles is from Greece. The two were both very different from each other in the sense of them being considered epic heroes. Beowulf saved many people and took charge of all of his battles, while Achilles killed someone on account of his own emotions and feelings. However, despite their differences, they both have the fact that the readers and their own people thought of them as heroes in common.…show more content…
Beowulf went to the Danes to help them defeat a monster that had been terrorizing them for years, named Grendel, who had underestimated Beowulf’s strength. “Then he stepped to another still body, clutched at Beowulf with his claws, grasped at a strong-hearted wakeful sleeper – and was instantly seized himself, claws bent back as Beowulf leaned up on one arm” (268-272). Grendel did not expect for Beowulf to be as strong as he was and knew of his defeat before it had even happened. Also, Beowulf was the type of person that never backed down, even when he was older in age and did not have as much strength, he still accepted his battles and continued on with fighting

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