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Beowulf and The Iliad Comparisons The qualities of the main characters in both The Iliad and Beowulf are very similar The protagonists in both epics Achilles and Beowulf participate in supernatural battles which most of the time determine the fate of their nation their character traits reflect important ideals of their society and the y both have supernatural powers that separates them from the rest of the warriors The epics openly exhibit the related characteristics between Achilles and Beowulf Beowulf and Achilles are trusted with maintaining the strength of their nations They were fantastically strong warriors and the result of their battles determined the fate of their country The Greeks with their best warrior Achilles off the battlefield were easily driven back by Hector and the Trojans Homer 67 Hrothgar chose the mightiest men and the most able in order in order that his honor and their territory could be defended from their opponent Beowulf Higlacs Follower and the strongest of the Geats-greater And stronger than anyone anywhere in this world- Beowulf 36 Both of the nations had faith in both Beowulf and Achilles to strengthen them The heroes characters traits reflect important ideals of their societies Both Achilles and Beowulf had a major influence in their societys ideals thus the people imitated the example they set My lord Higlac might think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to Beowulf 38 Because Beowulf is never afraid to fight he is a good example of perseverance and courage Ker 1 Achilles holds tight to his purpose of killing Hector seeking revenge of Patroclus death and the glory of the Greeks which makes him an excellent example of what fighting for the right purpose is Do not attempt to keep me from the fight though you love me you cannot make me listen Homer 69 Both characters are impressive in the standards which they set for the
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