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The Comparison of Heroes In mythology and legend a man often of divine ancestry who is endowed with great courage and strength and celebrated for his bold exploits is thought of as a hero Beowulf and Achilles are both renowned epic heroes who encompass all those traits Although they share the qualities of great heroes there are some discrepancies in the characteristics they possess and the way the hold themselves in all aspects of life Beowulf the principle character and hero of the epic poem Beowulf is an exceptionally honorable and noble man A natural born hero Beowulf realizes the dangers of his work but fears nothing for his own life He encounters hideous monsters and the most ferocious beasts but he never fears the threat of death He accomplishes all tasks needing to be accomplished and does so with much dignity and grace When Beowulf heroically sails to the aid of the Danes the watchman is taken aback Never before has a force under arms disembarked so openlyNor have I seen a mightier man-at-arms on this earth than the one standing here unless I am mistaken he is truly noble 244-250 Beowulf came openly and wholeheartedly to help the Danes destroy the horrible beast Grendel Beowulf also uses his super-human physical strength and courage to put his peoples welfare before his own He has fought many battles and returned victorious from all but his last Not only can Beowulf battle with the biggest of monsters but also he can swim for as much as seven nights and also stop to kill nine sea creatures in the depths of the ocean With his bare hands Beowulf is strong enough to kill Grendel who has been terrorizing the Danes for twelve years Even with the enormous amount of confidence Beowulf possesses he understands that fate will work its magic He faces reality by showing no fear and preparing for a positive or a fatal
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