Essay about Beowulf : Achilles And Hector

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Beowulf - Achilles and Hector Today, most heroes is movies are successful. Why does everyone watch the heroic movies? Movies are made in order to satisfy people’s urge, deviate from everyday life. In the movies, characters have supernatural power and experience unusual incidents that people cannot have; it gratifies their desire. As same as today, in the ancient entertainment, epic poem, has heroes that gratify their desire. The oldest surviving long epic poem in Old English, Beowulf and the most famous Greek epic poem, Iliad are representative heroic poems of the ancient time. Heroes of both poems, Achilles, Hector, and Beowulf live different lives, and modern day heroes and ancient day heroes have differences as well; however, they are all called as epic heroes. Anglo Saxon’s legendary hero, Beowulf and two heroes of the Trojan War, Achilles and Hector have similar and different heroic qualities. They fight for glory and protection of their own society with braveness and fearlessness. In Beowulf, when a king, Hrothgar suffers with a monster, grendel, Beowulf comes to save the country for glory by killing the monster. Before he go to kill it, he shows his braveness and fearlessness against the monster who kills countless soldiers at a time with hands, “Might think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to, it I hid behind some broad linden shield: my hands alone shall fight for me, struggle for life against the monster” (265-269). No one can interfere…

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