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In comparing the heroic qualities of Beowulf and the heroic qualities of King Arthur we will cite the main differences between the two Beowulf battled for glory honor and to prove his masculinity King Arthur on the other hand battles to preserve the rights of his people and to uphold justice Both were great heroes in their individual ways but their subtle differences are easily noticeable Beowulf was in it for the fame and fortune but he was also fighting for his people He defeats the powerful man-eating monster known as Grendel for the people who dwelled in the Mead Hall He also defends the people from other menacing foes In another instance after a triumphant victory Beowulf gets a large sum of money and passes it out among the people Beowulfs heroism was a bit more barbaric than that of the knights but he was from a time period far less sophisticated King Arthur had set codes of conduct for his knights called the chivalric codes which he used to preserve justice and make sure his knights were on path of divine blessing These codes were codes of honor that guided the knights actions An upstanding knight would be loyal to his leader do deeds for the good of the community and battle with all of his might They also hold women in a higher regard than Beowulf did and battle for their protection and admiration King Arthur and Beowulf could both be considered great heroes of their time period Compared to the standards of todays heroes both of them would be considered great Both are much more selfless and have more concern for others that many of todays heroic people People like teachers and firemen do work to help people but there are those that are more concerned with themselves I believe that Beowulf and King Arthurs heroic qualities were much more pure and done for the right reasons which
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