Beowulf vs Macbeth

Beowulf • Heroic death• Motivation: selfless• Absence of women• Villains: Grendel, Grendel’s mother, dragon• Hero → Hero• Exhibits strength/courage throughout text• Setting: Sweden, Denmark, 6th – 8th century • External conflict• Grendel is a descendant of Cain
Beowulf and Macbeth • Heroism• Historical• Supernatural creatures – Witches, dragons/monsters• Power/Ambition• Courage• Death in battle• Family • Evil • Religion• Warriors• Temptation • Not in modern English• NOT A NOVEL
Macbeth • Macbeth dies as a victim/coward• Revenge• Motivation: selfish• Strong female figure – Lady Macbeth• Villains: Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Witches• Hero → Villain• Lack of courage• Setting: Scotland, 1100s • “Thanes”• Internal conflict• Fear of Hell• Adam and Eve

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