Beowulf is even tempered and is willing to sacrifice his men to win any battle that comes his way. While Achilles has a short temper, and is offended by the losses of his men during battle. For example, Beowulf is not effected by the loss of all the men that Grendel has killed over the past twelve years, while Achilles cries for his men who are lost in battle. This shows one difference between Beowulf and Achilles’s personality. Achilles has a short temper, therefore when Hector kills Patroclus, Achilles is heartbroken, but it also very angry and wants revenge.
Imagine being were swept away from home, away from everything that was dear, to fight a war that was not your own. Odysseus, King of Ithica, was sent into battle soon after his son was born. The great warrior he is, allowed him to win, but due to his overwhelming, vainglorious shouts of victory turned the god Poseidon against him. Poseidon vowed to not let him return to his homeland and set him keep him at sea forever. In his journey to find his way home, Odysseus and his crew encounter many obstacles that hindered his success which leads to the transferring of responsibility.
Every time Grendel is portrayed, he is described by his physical actions, his physical power over the Geats. Every display of power that Grendel exudes is described in a physical manner. Another example is how Beowulf is described in Beowulf during the battles with Grendel, Grendel’s mother, the dragon, etc. “The howl of the loser, the lament of the hell serf, keening his wound. He was overwhelmed, manacled tight by the man of all men, was foremost and strongest of all days of his life…” (786-789).
All night he was camp fire hopping reassuring all the soldiers that the battle they were about to fight wasn’t ultimately suicidal, transferring the little bit of hope he held to his soldiers, leaving him with nothing but his own thoughts and with that’s his doubts and uncertainty’s, we hear his deepest thoughts and although he has accepted his role as king he wished he could be a common man because if he was he wouldn’t be holding all the guilt of leading his army into a battle that at this point he thinks will kill his friends and fellow soldiers “Must kings neglect what private men enjoy, and what have kings that privates have not to “ After we see all of his insecurities and that he too has come to the realisation that he and his men may live not one other day he must go reassure an army of men who don’t only doubt themselves but also their king that they must fight and that they can win “ the fewer men, the greater share of honour” by saying this this almost states that he is confident in their chances. In this speech is not only convincing his army but also himself he uses this speech to unite his army in a way unthought-of of at the time,
Meanwhile, Achilles would rather have people cheer him on when he flaunts another victory in front of their eyes. In addition, Achilles despises having to fight and wishes his father had “taken a mortal queen” (Homer 2) instead, so he could have had a chance at a normal life. In The Iliad Achilles kills Hector only because Hector killed his best friend. Unlike Beowulf, Achilles does not go looking for battles. But once Achilles finds a reason to fight, he won’t back down.
At times, Victor almost makes it clear that he has given up, ready to commit suicide. When the creature is at a higher point, Victor is at a lower point, suffering with fevers and cold chills. Physically, when Victor is drained, his body is exhausted too. He goes through so much trying to avenge the death of those the creature has murdered that his body can’t take it anymore. Regretting his choices, Victor cries, “...tears, the first I had shed for many months, streamed from my eyes, and I resolved not to fall before my enemy without a bitter struggle.” Contemplating suicide, Victor realizes that his life has become empty.
Unferth taunts Beowulf, calling him vain and foolish for challenging Breca, who now has his own land, and has followers who love him. He also suggests that if Beowulf could not win a simple swimming competition, that he would “pay a heavy price” for taking on Grendel (18). Beowulf rebuttals Unferth claims, first by calling him drunk, but then by stating that he killed nine monsters and that “[n]either you nor Breca have yet dared such a deed with shining sword in battle” (20). Beowulf also asks Unferth if he is so brave why is Grendel is not dead yet then. The crowd is overjoyed by Beowulf’s confidence in defeating Grendel.
The two are surrounded by Roman soldiers and are far outnumbered; trying to fight against them isn’t an option. Spartacus loves Antoninus dearly, like his son that he’ll never get to see. He would die a horrific death if it meant his son didn’t have to, and he’s completely willing to do the same for Antoninus. At first, the battle between the pair is a tough one, but Spartacus is far more skilled as a fighter and is able to deliver a fatal blow to his friend. Spartacus holds Antoninus in his death, telling him to go to sleep.