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How is Beowulf's character compare to other epic heroes such as: Achilles, Aeneas,...

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lehcir | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM via iOS

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How is Beowulf's character compare to other epic heroes such as: Achilles, Aeneas, Hector etc.?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 27, 2013 at 11:23 PM (Answer #1)

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This is a great question. As you can imagine, there are many characteristics that Beowulf and other epic heroes have in common. For example, Achilles, Aeneas, Hector, and Beowulf are all brave, proud and fearless. They are all great fighters as well who go against great odds.

What separates Beowulf though is that the epic poem views him from a diachronic lens. In other words, we get to see Beowulf as a young daring hero and an older king. In light of this point, we can say that Beowulf develops into someone who does not merely care about personal glory and honor. He is a man who cares about his people as a ruler. Achilles and the others are not kings. So, they did not have to develop this side to them. 

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