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Beowulf and Oedipus the King Two Different HeroesIn both of these epics Beowulf and Oedipus are seen as heroes and as saviors of the cities Oedipus saves the city by solving the riddle of the sphinx and Beowulf save the city by slaying Grendel and his mother They both do possess characteristics that are very similar but at the same time they are two different men Oedipus saves the city of Thebes by solving the riddle of the sphinx The riddle which had never been solved before and when Oedipus solved it he was made the king This was a great feat and deserved to be given the title of king because he was the savior to his people He took a lot of pride in himself but still had an inner struggle that he wanted to resolve Oedipus wanted to find the man whom had killed his father All knowing that he would find the person whom had killed his father he never looked where the answer was all along him Because he did not know his history he was the murderer of his father Also the person whom he considered his wife was really his mother This was a hard situation to handle because he was such a proud person that at the end he was his own enemy His great reign was ended when he decided to gouge his eyes because he did not want to look at the eyes of anyone in his great city of ThebesBeowulf was a different kind of hero Beowulf was a hero because of his physical strength and not because of his intelligence as in Oedipus the King Beowulf was a man of great honor and savior to the city He had defeated Grendel whom had terrorized the people because of too much noise Grendel had killed mercilessly and deserved to die but no one in the city could accomplish this Beowulf did accomplish this single-handedly
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