Influences of The Odyssey, The Lliad, The Gilgamesh in Beowulf

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Northern Europe developed in a different way than the Mediterranean however; hold many similarities in their religion, leadership, and hospitality. These common influences are seen in The Odyssey, The Iliad, and Gilgamesh. These three epic poems have many common influences seen in Beowulf.
The epic poem of the Odyssey begins right after the Trojan War in the Iliad. In this new poem Homer attempts to bring a new perspective of the war. He endeavored to show how the Greeks faced injustices and danger on their way back to their hometowns. Homer makes it clear that the lives of the Greeks could not be the same after the war. One of the fundamental elements of Greek lives that Northern Europe had in common with the Mediterranean is
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This is because he respected them as a part of nature, even knowing how the behaved or looked. These are similar to Beowulf, which shared the same influence in the view of hospitality. This is seen when Beowulf hears about the king and his troubles with the terrible demon, Grendel. Once Beowulf destroys the demon the king kindly accepts him like a son and thus showing hospitality to a brave man who helped him destroy the demon that has been terrorizing his people, “ So now, Beowulf, I adopt you in my heart as my dear son…”(133). Because of such heroic acts he is also given magnificent gifts like “ … with a gold standard as a victory gift, an embroidered banner; also a breast-mail and a helmet; and a sword carried high…” (135). ***** The element of leadership is seen in both Gilgamesh and in Beowulf. The beginning of the epic of Gilgamesh, he is unloved as a king by his people. Gilgamesh was considered a bad ruler, brutal, and arrogant. This particular poem demonstrates the importance of leadership. And even though to begin with he was a brutal leader, Gilgamesh soon learns the significance of being a leader. Gilgamesh begins to understand such qualities when the gods create him a companion Enkidu. Enkidu helps Gilgamesh become a respected and loved king. The element of leadership is also seen in Beowulf. Beowulf exhibits such characteristics of being a leader when he decided to take action in helping the king of

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