Beowulf vs Macbeth

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Beowulf
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• 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
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Beowulf and Macbeth
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• 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
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Macbeth
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• 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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