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Compare and Contrast the Epic Hero in Beowulf And Gilgamesh

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  1. Introduction
  2. Summary and comparison of the two stories
  3. Comparing the two stories
  4. Contrasting the two stories
  5. Analyzing the two stories
  6. Conclusion

Epic heroes are heroes known in legends and stories for their warrior characters and their fight to uphold their societies in times of war. Many tribes have legends with epic heroes. These heroes arise when the community is in hard times, and they lead the community in war to grant them victory. In addition, most epic stories are written in poetic form, and they are hysterical. These epic hero stories have timeless messages or lessons.

The stories Beowulf and Gilgamesh are both heroic stories. However, they have some different characters. Beowulf is more of a warrior than a leader whereas Gilgamesh is more of a leader than a warrior. Beowulf defends his people in tough times and sacrifice his life in his quest for victory. On the other hand, Gilgamesh is a king, yet he is the best warrior that the community has. As a king and warrior, Gilgamesh shows strong heroism to grant his people victory.

[...] The stories Beowulf and Gilgamesh are both heroic stories. However, they have some different characters. Beowulf is more of a warrior than a leader whereas Gilgamesh is more of a leader than a warrior. Beowulf defends his people in tough times and sacrifice his life in his quest for victory. On the other hand, Gilgamesh is a king, yet he is the best warrior that the community has. As a king and warrior, Gilgamesh shows strong heroism to grant his people victory. [...]


[...] Gilgamesh befriends, Enkidu, who has almost the same physical characteristics as Gilgamesh. The two are meant to be rivals, but they end up becoming close friends. Unfortunately, the gods punish them by giving Enkidu a slow and painful death. Gilgamesh mourns the death of his friend, and he is determined to revenge. Since he is not fully immortal, he travels across the world to find the solution to death mystery. The gods punish Gilgamesh for killing the demon humbaba and the bull of heaven. [...]


[...] Conclusion The two stories are engrossing stories and Gilgamesh and Beowulf both qualify to be epic heroes. However, in my opinion, Beowulf is more of an epic hero than Gilgamesh. This is because Gilgamesh is a half god, therefore, he had enough power to fight. On the other hand, Beowulf had to sacrifice majorly because his power advantages were limited and he even sacrificed his life for his people. Therefore, Beowulf has more credit than Gilgamesh for being an epic hero. Works cited Jackson, Danny P. The Epic of Gilgamesh. [...]

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