King Arthur And Beowulf: A Comparison



Sir Thomas Malory brings forth a courageous character , "King Arthur",
utilizing weaponry and leadership, to enlighten the reader of the unique
characteristics of a true hero, on the other hand, the unknown author of
"Beowulf", depicts the Anglo-Saxan era to tell a story of one who fights to
better society. The noble King moves as a unit with his men and pride to
protect and serve the kinsmen of his realm. Beowulf wards off evil,
unaccompanied, with nothing but his hands.
As a distinct hero of the Medieval Period, King Arthur relied greatly
upon his arms and retainers. "Take thou here Excalibur…" The King had a
extraordinary sword which he brought forth and kept at his side at all ...

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the arms of his time, opposed to Beowulf's
unarmed way of battle.
Described as the strongest man in the world, Beowulf voyages across seas
slaying evil demons with nothing but his bare hands. "…Knew at once that
nowhere on earth had he met a man whose hands where harder." In the
confrontation of Grendel and Beowulf, our hero brings forth a force greater than
the unmerciful dragon. Weaponless, Beowulf slays the dragon with his divine
tools of god. "And was instantly seized himself, claws bent back as Beowulf
leaned up on one arm." Beowulf was seen as a hero who conquered the evils with
his sheer strength. "Strongest of the Geats - Greater and stronger than anyone
anywhere in the world." Beowulf was a hero for who he was, a physically
superior being. Additionally, he was adored by the Geats for his personality
and mentality, along with his accomplishments of bettering society.
King Arthur and Beowulf differed in their beliefs and ways of battle.
"I alone…… may purge ...

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