Achilles And Beowulf Comparison Essay

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Three legendary mythical figures from history, Aeneas, Achilles & Beowulf provided the inspiration for writers to produce some of the greatest classic literature that western civilization has ever seen in the form of the Iliad, the Odyssey and Beowulf. This paper will analyze some of the similar themes and characteristics found with each of these characters and will contrast some of the variances and will discuss the impact each character has had on literature both historically and in our modern era.
The figure of Beowulf stands apart from both Aeneas and Achilles as he is not a Greek but rather an Anglo-Saxon legend. Also, the writing of Beowulf, estimated by historians to have been written anywhere from the 8th to 11th century comes far later than either the
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In this sense, Beowulf is rather one-dimensional, whereas Greek heroes such as Aeneas and Achilles whilst possessing the same amount of valor and fearlessness, also have character flaws which they are unable to overcome, which is much more representative of the human condition, and therefore makes for a more credible and memorable myth. Beowulf, although of noble lineage, claims no divinity, whereas Aeneas and Achilles both had Mothers of Divine origin, Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Thetis, Goddess of the sea. Greek gods of the past, although immortal and worshipped, possessed the same type of emotions and faults one could find in anyone, and at times far in excess of what would be considered normal, therefore Aeneas and Achilles shortcomings would not have seen to be in any way unusual, and the intensity of their emotions would be more extreme than that of purely mortal
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