Essay on Compare and Contrast: Beowulf vs. Mr. Incredible

740 Words Sep 12th, 2013 3 Pages
Compare and Contrast: Beowulf vs. Mr. Incredible While Beowulf and Disney’s The Incredibles’ main character, Mr. Incredible, live in different time periods, they both exhibit characteristics worthy of a hero. Mr. Incredible is a 21st century hero who uses his innate abilities to fight crime. In addition to protecting the community, Mr. Incredible balances his duties with being a strong father figure to his family. Further down the time line of history, Beowulf is an 8th century hero who, despite being single, possesses many qualities reminiscent of a modern day hero. Even though both characters display many similar qualities, their differences play a large role in …show more content…
For example, Mr. Incredible has a vision of protecting his family and the metropolis from his archenemy, Syndrome. By planning Syndrome’s destruction, Mr. Incredible is able to identify Syndrome’s weaknesses and defeat the enemy. In the same manner, Beowulf explains his vision of saving the Danes from the terror of Grendel to Hrothgar and his soldiers. In turn, Beowulf’s plan and speeches make Hrothgar trust him and motivate the soldiers to fight for the people. By way of contrast, the trust issue, which is a trait most heroes are endowed with, differs between Beowulf and Mr. Incredible. For instance, Beowulf gives a sense of trust to his people and soldiers due to of his reputation of fighting for the common good for the kingdom. On the contrary, the residents of metropolis are skeptical of Mr. Incredible’s ability to save them from danger. Ever since he became a father and has not been seen fighting crime, the citizens feel they cannot trust his ability to save them. Finally, both Mr. Incredible and Beowulf have unusual encounters with creatures that define their heroic actions. The highlight of Mr. Incredible’s adventures is when an eight-legged, one-eyed mechanical monster is invading the city. During this episode, the mechanical monster uses its power to subdue and destroy Mr. Incredible. Despite the fact that the monster uses a vast array of techniques to dispose of Beowulf, Mr. Incredible continues to take on the mechanical monster

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