Topics: Tragic hero, Epic poetry, English-language films Pages: 2 (757 words) Published: April 10, 2013
The image of hero plays a significant role in British literature. In Beowulf, Beowulf is a leader of men than a king, and defined as epic hero. In contrast, in King Lear, Lear is a King at the beginning, but fall from grace at the end, and defined as tragic hero. There are similarity and differences between epic and tragic hero through out the two passages given. First, the two passages “king Lear” and “Beowulf” come from the very end of the story, where

An epic hero is based on the Epic Tradition found firstly in the Epic of Gilgamesh, written in 2300 BC. He is usually a fearsome, strong warrior; always holds a position of power, such as Gilgamesh is a king, Beowulf is a leader of men then a king; he usually has some kind of religion; he learns something after completing a great journey; he is always concerned with his own mortality.

A Tragic Hero was created by Shakespeare; he is the example of the 'human hero', for example 'Othello'. A tragic hero represents a human at his best, either as a leader of an army, a king, etc, but through the course of the narrative falls from grace. It is the concept that our human flaws (Greed, fear, jealousy) bring our downfall. (English BA Degree student)

Tragic heroes and Epic heroes; to the average person, they may think there is no difference. To a student in Mrs. Mroz’s Honors LA class, they know that there is much more to it than that they are both just heroes. Yes, they both have hero at the end, but it is the Epic and Tragic in the font that really matter. A tragic hero, unlike an epic hero, usually does not have a happy ending and also does not have to be entirely good nor evil, which is surprising to most. Whereas with an epic hero, he may have to deal with supernatural beings and is said to often perform courageous, sometimes super human deeds.

In the play Beowulf, Beowulf, the main character is the exact image of an epic hero. One of the main characteristics of an epic hero is his informal speech...
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