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Beowulf and Iliad Comparison Paper In the epic poems The Iliad by Homer and Beowulf there are two heroes one in each epic Achilles in The Iliad and Beowulf in the self titled epic These poems meet certain requirements to be called epics In both these poems the heroic actions determine the fate of nations or groups of people The heroic actions reflect the values of the age Lastly the hero interacts with supernatural beings or events Even though The Iliad was written centuries before Beowulf there are many similarities in the heroes actions and fate In the Epic Poems Beowulf and The Iliad the actions of the hero often determines the fate of the nation or their people In Beowulf the devilish acts of Grendel must be stopped to save the people of Denmark The monsters hatred rose higher But his power had gone He twisted in pain and the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder Snapped muscle and bone split And broke The battle was over Beowulf had been granted new glory I 336-341 In The Iliad Achilles and Hector battle leaving the Trojan prince lifeless The bare throatwhere the destruction of life is quickest Here then as the Trojan charged Achillesdrove his point straight through the tender neck I 163-166 In the Epic Poems Beowulf and The Iliad heroic actions and deeds reflect the values of the age In Beowulf the hero had to be fearless not backing down from anything He leaped into the lake would not wait for anyonesanswer the heaving water covered himOver For hours he sank through the wavesAt last he saw the mud of the bottomAnd all at once the greedy she wolf discovered him I 450-456 In The Iliad the people of the time believed in venerating a body after the person has passed Let them have my body backso that our men and women may accord medecency of fire when I am
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