Comparing Beowulf and Hamlet?





what are some good ways in an essay to compare Hamlet and Beowulf. We are suppose to write as essay about evaluating the roles of Beowulf and Hamlet as testaments to the societies from which they are set



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  1. posthemiplegic says:

    Compare And Contrast Hamlet And Beowulf One of the major characteristics that Beowulf and Hamlet share is thefact that they both rid Denmark of a treacherous monster who poses aserious threat to the land . Beowulf uses his warrior-like skills tofight and conquer a physical monster who literally haunts the swampsoutside the state and plagues it with murderous acts . Hamlet ‘s monsteris also one who commits murderous acts , though this is in the form ofhis uncle Claudius who kills the King (Hamlet ‘s father ) and usurps theDanish throne . The two men , Hamlet and Beowulf , are thrown into thesebattles as youth , and both take on the challenge willingly . In fact ,Beowulf travels from Geatland specifically to meet the challenge offighting Grendel . Hamlet too takes it upon himself to kill Claudius assoon as he finds out that this man has been the agent of his father ‘sdeath .Another characteristic that both Hamlet and Beowulf share is their deathand the method in which this occurs . Both are defeated in their finalefforts at ridding their homelands of the evil that had infiltrated . Infact , both die though their efforts are successful . Beowulf dies at thehand of the final monster (the dragon ) whom he succeeds in slaying , butwho also deals Beowulf a deathly blow that eventually kills him . Hamletalso has a similar experience in that , while he is able to slay Claudiusby the end of the play , he is caught with a poisoned sword andeventually expires after all his enemies have died . The two charactersdie by peripheral (yet fatal ) blows given them during the melee . Bothshow bravery by continuing to fight even while they are mortallywounded . Eventually , both succumb to the serious wounds they haveacquired , yet they die in the victory of knowing they have defeatedtheir enemies .Beowulf and Hamlet also differ in many ways , one of which is thecharacter that they show throughout the play . While Beowulf displays awarrior-like character , Hamlet shows himself to be fearful and awkwardin acting out the desires of his heart . Beowulf is eager to come to theaid of the King of Denmark , and he pauses only to partake of the feastgiven in his honor before he sets out to kill Grendel . When heencounters the monster , he loses no time in indecision but immediatelyperforms the actions necessary to kill the beast . In fact , Beowulffights three ferocious beasts throughout the story with the samevivacity and fierceness .Hamlet differs from Beowulf in his character , and he displays thetendency to employ a much more subdued and stealthy course of action .Though he too determines to defend the honor of Denmark ‘s (former ) kingby killing his murderer , he demonstrates a greater portion of dallianceand indecision than does Beowulf . When he gets his first chance to killClaudius , his idle thoughts concerning the condition of Claudius ‘ heart (while praying ) leads him to forfeit that chance.