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Compare And Contrast Star Wars And Beowulf

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Heroes of Different Worlds Every hero from every story, book, or movie embarks on a quest. The quest can be as simple as going to the grocery store, or as complicated as saving the world. The protagonists from both Star Wars and Beowulf also follow along this path. In Beowulf, King Hrothgar’s hall Heorot is attacked by a demon Grendel at night, and not even his bravest warriors can stop it. When Beowulf hears of this, he travels to Heorot to help Hrothgar. In the end, Beowulf kills Grendel and his mother, but is slain by a new monster, the Firedrake while protecting his kingdom. In the Star Wars trilogy, Luke Skywalker, who was once an ordinary farm boy on the planet Tatooine, ends up joining the Rebellion against the Galactic empire. His father, Darth Vader, asks Luke to join him so they can rule the Galaxy. In the end, Luke ends up defeating his father and his master, the Emperor, bringing peace to the galaxy once again. Despite being from different worlds, both Luke Skywalker and Beowulf travel along similar journeys on the quest to conquer evil. Both heroes cross the point of no return when they cross the first threshold, and face a trial when they meet the Threshold Guardian. Beowulf crosses his first threshold when he crosses…show more content…
At the end of Beowulf, Beowulf receives help from Wiglaf when he agrees come with him to defeat the Firedrake. In Beowulf: A New Telling Wiglaf says, “It's true I've had no experience of battles. But I’m sure to prove just as brave as you.” (Pg. 94) Near the end of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader brings Luke before the Emperor with the choice to join the Empire or die. Then, Luke confronts Vader by telling him that he knows there is some good left in Vader. Then Vader realizes the error of his ways, turns on the Emperor, picks him up, and throws him in the nearby reactor shaft. But in the battle, Vader’s life support systems are damaged, and he later
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