Essay On Bravery In Antigone And Beowulf

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Heroism is the act of bravery, which is signified in both characters: Antigone and Beowulf. These two texts provide proof that both men and female can show bravery. The heroism in Antigone and Beowulf is similar and different in many ways. Both are willing to go against others for what they believe in. Antigone and her sister Ismene have two brothers that go to battle. During the battle one brother turns on the other, indicating that Polynices was on the wrong side. Since Polynices was on the wrong side he would not have a proper burial. In fact, Polynices would have no burial at all according to Creon when he states: “No one shall bury him, no one mourn for him. But this body must lie in the fields, a sweet treasure. For carrion birds to find as they search for food.”. The previous quote signifies the reason for Antigone’s heroism to take place.
However, in Antigone, they believe in multiple God’s. Antigone would rather break the laws
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The first battle shows Beowulf’s incredible strength, he wins this battle by cutting off Grendel’s arm. Next is the second battle which is against Grendel’s mother. Grendel’s mother is defeated by a sword that is in the hands of Beowulf. Lastly, the third battle is when Beowulf is the King and also very old. During the last battle, Beowulf takes the victory however he is wounded and dies. The following quote: “This monster himself, our mighty king, fight this battle alone and unaided.” shows how other men portray Beowulf.
The result of heroism in both Beowulf and Antigone result in death. Each of these stories shows the reason for a God or multiple God’s. Although the readers primarily focus on the bravery portrayed in each of these texts the readers do not focus on the evil. Creon felt that Polynices had shown treachery, while Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon all were the villains that had to be put to a
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