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  • Comparing Beowulf and Superman

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    The epic Beowulf shows us how a mans’ character is tested as he encounters difficult situations. The unknown author of Beowulf, leaves behind a mystique, an intriguing quality with which the character which hold our interest. The modern-day hero, Superman, also possesses these same qualities. Their modest actions are what helped these hero’s to become their peoples’ “ideal man.” The first quality that earns a person’s respect between Beowulf and Superman is wealth. Neither of these

  • Comparing Beowulf And John Snow

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    Beowulf is one of the oldest heroic poems that exists to this day. Likewise, it has been a theory for many that this poem has inspired authors and screenwriters alike in the creation process of fictional heroes for shows, movies, games, and books. Nonetheless, Beowulf’s trait of a modern-day superhero are shown everywhere. For example, Beowulf is brave, even willing to die for the greater good, he is abnormally stronger than most humans which in a way makes him superior, and he is somewhat of an

  • Comparing Beowulf and Jesus

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    character is very much similar to that of Jesus' in many ways. To the Danes he is recognized as a saviour, releasing them from the bonds of fear and death that Grendel had placed on Hrothgar's people. Friederich Klaeber writes that the poet raised Beowulf, "To the rank of a singularly spotless hero, a defending, protecting, redeeming being, a truly ideal character. In fact we need not hesitate to recognize features of the Christian Saviour in the destroyer of hellish fiends, the warrior brave and gentle

  • Comparing Sir Gawain and Beowulf

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    both Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf are the central characters. There are three basic characteristics of Sir Gawain and Beowulf: their true identity as individuals and what they truly make of it, how others feel towards them, and their actions that define their personality as heroic characters. When these three qualities are in sync with each other, it is simply easier to see the characters in a much more realistic perspective. Although Beowulf is more self-centered character, whereas

  • Comparing Beowulf and Michael Crichton's The 13th Warrior

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    Comparing Beowulf and Michael Crichton's The 13th Warrior Michael Crichton intertwined some aspects of Beowulf with his own thoughts to produce the drama, “The 13th Warrior.” Beowulf, written down by an unnamed Christian monk in the 8th century, served as a framework for the plot of “The 13th Warrior.” Beowulf and “The 13th Warrior” have many differences but the similarities that they share are more abundant through out the two pieces. Instead of doing a direct translation of Beowulf, the writer

  • Comparing the Heroes in The Dream of the Rood and Beowulf

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    The Heroes in The Dream of the Rood and Beowulf In The Dream of the Rood, the poet has added elements of the idealized heroic death (as exemplified in Beowulf and The Battle of Maldon) to the crucifixion. He has also eliminated details of the story that tend to render Christ as a figure of pathos, in order to further Christ's identification with the other glorious warriors Anglo-Saxon poems. When a hero meets his death, for example, he is usually surrounded by faithful retainers (as is Byrhtnoth)

  • Comparing the Character of Unferth in Beowulf and Grendel

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    The Character of Unferth in Beowulf and Grendel John Gardner introduces the reader of Grendel to an intimate side of Unferth unseen in the epic poem Beowulf.  In Grendel we behold what a pathetic, sniveling wimp Unferth has become.  In Beowulf all that we see is a jealous bastard.  Why did Gardner make the character of Unferth so different from the original depiction? He didn't.  The only change in Unferth from Beowulf to Grendel is his realistic characterization in Grendel. After

  • Comparing Beowulf and a Modern-Day Hero

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    This essay is the comparison between Beowulf and a modern day hero. I consider any American soldier to be my modern day hero. In this essay I will explain in three paragraphs of how my modern day hero is like Beowulf. With in these three paragraphs I will go over how they are both fighting for a good cause, how they are both rewarded for what they do, and how they are both treated with much respect. The first comparison is how they are both fighting for a good cause, and I mean that they are

  • Comparing and Contrasting the Monsters of Beowulf with Today´s Criminals

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    story about heroes and villains, the monsters involved are often characterized as the evil ones and, consequently, receive no justice under the law. Throughout the epic story Beowulf, the hero of the story encounters three monsters that are threats to society: Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon. The monsters in Beowulf are quickly targeted and destroyed because of the harm they cause to society. However, upon further examination of the monsters and the motives for their actions, the reader

  • Comparing the Events and Characters of Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

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    Comparing Events and Characters of Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki There are so many similarities between the events and characters in the poem Beowulf and The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki, an Iceland saga representing 1000 years of oral traditions prior to the 1300’s when it was written. These similarities are so numerous that they cannot be attributed solely to coincidence. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature states that the hero of the poem Beowulf  may be

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