The ordinary world is an important beginning for all stories, as it shows what the main character’s life is like before the book, and gives readers a glimpse of their personality and more importantly, the values that are most important to them. The poem Beowulf depicts the ordinary world of Beowulf, stating that, “…Beowulf, Higlac’s Follower and the strongest of the Geats – Greater and stronger than anyone anywhere in this world…” (Beowulf 26). The poem later goes on to describe prior events, such as the race with Brecca, that show his honor. Achilles’ personal character from The Iliad is shown from a series of other pieces of Greek Literature preceding this story and shows that, “Achilles distingu...
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...to see that within all of those big differences are many similarities. This includes things such as the occurrence of different series of events, the actions that the main character will take throughout the story, and the traits that people from those societies honor within a hero. All of stages of the cycle that the hero takes produces similar stories within societies without the realization of it.
“Beowulf.” Elements of Literature 6th Edition Ed. Kylene Beers, et al. Austin, Tx: Holt, 2009. 23-49. Print.
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