Compare And Contrast Odysseus And Beowulf

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An Epic Hero is a character who’s legendary or heroic actions are central to his culture, race or nation. Beowulf and Odysseus both share some of the seven hero traits; for example being superhuman, fighting monsters and going on a quest. They do not exhibit the exact same traits or in the same way, for example the intervention of the divine world, but they both demonstrate the qualities of an Epic Hero. Both Beowulf and Odysseus prove they are superhuman. Beowulf is able to take down Grendel and Grendel’s mother. Odysseus proves his strength against the lotus eaters, and the cyclops. A Superhuman is braver, stronger, and cleverer than ordinary people. Beowulf was the only person who was willing to fight Grendel and was able to destroy him.

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