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Beowulf And Ideal Man The epic Beowulf shows us how a mans character is tested as he encounters difficult situations The unknown author of Beowulf leaves behind a mystique an intriguing quality with which the character which hold our interest The modern-day hero Superman also possesses these same qualities Their modest actions are what helped these heros to become their peoples ideal man The first quality that earns a persons respect between Beowulf and Superman is wealth Neither of these men had a considerable amount of money This helps the every day man relate to them more easily In the epic Beowulfs home is far away from his lords castle We get the sense that Beowulf is an outcast because of the lengthy distance to reach his kingdom In stories such as these the outcasts are perceived to be the poorer of the people in the kingdom Like Beowulf Superman lives in seclusion from the society in which he lives He apartment is purposely set on the opposite side of town from everyone he works with In relation to the common mans life-style we can easily assume that Superman does not make much money This fact is defined by Supermans day job as a reporter for the city of Metropolis The ideal man of past and present has to posses the quality of intelligence Beowulf shows great intelligence in his approach towards his battles In his battle with Grendel Beowulf uses a soldier for a decoy to expose Grendels strengths Grendel snatched at the first Geat He came to ripped him apart cut His body to bits with powerful jaws Drank the blood from his veins and bolted Him down hands and feet death And Grendels great teeth came together Snapping life shut The he stepped to another Still body clutched at Beowulf with his claws Grasped at a strong-hearted wakeful sleeper -And was instantly seized himself Raffel 314-323 This passage shows
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