Compare and contrast of Beowulf And Hector
Beowulf and Hector are both epic heroes of the past that have transcended time and were passed from culture to culture. These monumental heroes have proven themselves worthy of praise and great respect due to their amazing and astounding strength, wisdom, and courage. In this paper, Beowulf and Hector were ought to be compared and contrasted through the aspects of their leadership, life as a warrior, and their own perspectives in life.
Beowulf is an epic hero of the poem entitled Beowulf, a composition from the Anglo-Saxon literature set in the 6th century. He was the strongest and most powerful warrior of the Geats and a nephew of King Higlac. In the poem, he defeated Grendel, a monster who is a descendant of Cain, Grendel's mother, and a fire-breathing dragon. Hector, on the other hand, is a product of an epic poem, Iliad, written by Homer and is situated nine years after the start of Trojan War. He was a prince and son of King Priam, and was also the mightiest warrior of the Trojan Army. He unified and protected Troy from the invading enemies, specifically, the Achaeans, led by an equally strong and powerful warrior named Achilles. He successfully killed Patroclus, Achilles' beloved friend and adviser, and became the first ever Trojan to set an Achaean ship on fire
Both of these two heroes are prominent leaders of their own kingdoms. When Beowulf became the King of the Geats after the rightful heir's death, he ruled his kingdom with great honor and wisdom. He was well respected by the people of his kingdom due to his benevolence and great valor even at the time when he was still a warrior of the King Higlac. This could be seen in a line pertaining to him as, "Beowulf was a prince, Well-loved, followed in friendship, not fear," (Burton, 1999, pg. 52). This has shown Beowulf's gentleness over his kinsmen and his innate capacity to lead his people. Moreover, this is also true for Hector, who is...