How can you compare the epic'' Beowulf'' to the epic ''The Ten Commandments.?''What about them are the same?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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When you try to compare "Beowulf" to the story of the Ten Commandments, I'm afraid you'll find more differences than similarities. "Beowulf" is the story of a great hero who willingly goes to a land that is being ravaged by a monster and fights to defeat that monster. In the story of the Ten Commandments, a reluctant hero is persuaded to return to his native land to help free his people from slavery. The only monsters are human overlords.

I can see a few similarities:

  • Each story has a hero, although Moses gets a lot of help from his brother, Aaron.
  • In each story, the hero travels a great distance to arrive at the land where help is needed.
  • In each story, there is an element of magic. In "Beowulf," it is the magic weapons; in the Ten Commandments, it is the staff of Moses and the plagues he produces with it.

That's about all of the similarities I can find. Here are a few differences:

  • Beowulf was born into a hero culture; to die fighting was the goal. Moses was born a slave who was adopted by a princess.
  • Beofwulf was a braggart and boasted about his strength. Moses was humble and complained to God that he couldn't be a spokesman for the people because he could not speak well.

I hope this helps you. Perhaps another editor will see other similarities and differences that will help you as well.