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Beowulf Vs Gilgamesh The two cultures I chose to compare heroic values for are the ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Anglo-Saxon cultures The texts I used in the comparison are Gilgamesh for Mesopotamia and Beowulf for Anglo-Saxon Although they posses many similar heroic characteristics they also differ greatly Beowulf is the earliest surviving epic poem written in a modern European language It was written in Old English sometime before the tenth century AD The poem describes the adventures of Beowulf a Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century Beowulf is described as a perfect hero who fights for his people and vanquishes evil with his extraordinary abilities to bring peace and justice Three of Beowulfs traits that support this are his amazing physical strength his ability to put his peoples welfare before his own and the fact that he does not fear death Beowulf is a hero in the eyes of his fellow men through his amazing physical strength and courage He fought in numerous battles and returned victorious in all but his last Beowulf was powerful enough to kill the monster Grendel who had been terrorizing the Danes for twelve years with his bare hands When the two squared off Beowulf grabbed Grendals arm and ripped it off at the shoulder Beowulf then fought Grendels mother an even deadlier monster who was seeking revenge against Beowulf for her sons death Beowulf was able to slay her by slashing her neck with a Giants sword that can only be lifted by a person as strong as Beowulf When he chopped off her head he carried it from the ocean with ease but it took four men to lift the monsters head and carry it back to Herot This strength is a key trait of Beowulfs heroism Another heroic value Beowulf possessed was his tendancy to put the welfare of others before his own Beowulf was asked by the Danes to help rid them of
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