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Beth Lewis English 288 022800 Geat vs Greek Paternal Injunction in Beowulf and The Iliad Picture this Inside the hall mighty shields and glistening swords await the visitors arrival Skillfully crafted armor decorations proclaim great battles and fierce hunts The prevailing warrior ethos and his manly power are evident throughout It is these strong patriarchal images which gave birth to two epics from two totally different cultures The tale of Beowulf from Scandinavia and The Iliad from Greece To better understand the works themselves and their parallels it is best to first define an epic In order to be considered an epic there are certain qualifications and standards that a piece of literature must meet These epics are long poems that were originally expressed orally and later were put into writing Both stories tell the tale of brave young heroes always believing that their fight their cause is the true cause In both stories the heroes understand the role of fate In Beowulf the hero of that name understands that the monster Grendel may end his life but is not deterred He is not aware of his destiny but realizes without qualms that if Grendel does kill him then that was his time to die In Iliad both Hector and Achilles are keenly aware that their lives will end in battle Although there is an emotional struggle in these characters not seen in Beowulf their knowledge of their own fates does not stop them from fighting This is what we might call bravery today but in the past it was better thought of as a warrior code And in both stories it is not fate that matters in the end but glory The attitude is that if death shall come so be it But better to die fighting immortalized in glory The hero code itself is based on patriarchal injunction In Beowulf the first character introduced
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