The characters of Beowulf and Odysseus can be considered a contrast between ice and fire wherein one and is violent and uses its strength to devour and repress while the other is cool and ciphering preferring a patient yet affectional attack to work outing jobs. When mentioning to the features of fire and ice I am mentioning to Beowulf as fire and Odysseus as ice this is due to the fact that Beowulf uses his beastly strength and force of will to battle his enemies while Odysseus uses his craft and humor to flim-flam his enemies into entries. Analysis of Beowulf. In the heroic poem of Beowulf.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Beowulf is the story of a legendary, geat warrior traveling across Scandinavia killing monsters. Beowulf is the oldest piece of English literature discovered to date. It is the original tale of the hero saving the day.
While The Odyssey and Beowulf are each examples of both historic and modern ideas of heroism, the acts of Beowulf s hero seem to fit better within its context. Beowulf exhibits many obvious heroic qualities, such as his strength and confidence in battle. These along with more subtle diplomatic actions serve to define him as both a great warrior and leader. Beowulf shows both wit and patience in his swift retort after Unferth challenges his skill. Later, after proving himself by dismembering Grendel, he accepts Unferth s sword to face Grendel s mother.
It is evident from the beginning of the poem that Beowulf is meant to be the hero. He is strong, brave, and courageous but is also boastful and seeks only fame and glory. These characteristics are examples of things that could be related to hyper masculinity and are not necessarily desired in a hero today. I drove Five great giants into chains, chased All of that race from the earth. What makes Beowulf an epic hero?