What are some similarities between the Old English poems Beowulf and Judith? What are some good topics to research and study for a research paper?
Similarities can certainly be seen in the two Old English poems Beowulf and Judith, by unknown authors. One similarity can be seen in the fact that both characters are portrayed as heroes of groups of people who are being crushed by their enemies.
In Judith, which is based on the Apocryphal Book of Judith, the heroine Judith rescues her people, the Israelites, from the attacking Assyrians and Babylonians. After conquering the Egyptians and Assyrians, Nebuchadnezzar II, King of Babylon, next invaded Jerusalem in 605 BC, accompanied by his newly conquered Assyrian troops ("Siege of Jerusalem (597 BC)"). To rescue her people, Judith connives a way to assassinate Holofernes , attributed to be Nebuchadnezzar's Assyrian general. Knowing that Holofernes was prone to drunkenness, Judith gains access into his tent on a night she knows he is completely drunk. While Holofernes is in a drunken stupor, Judith succeeds in overpowering and decapitating him, forcing the Babylonian and Assyrian troops to retreat since...
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