Beowulf Compare/Contract Essay The character of Beowulf is the representation of the ideas of heroism and braveness that flew in the society at the time this story was written. These ideas have transferred over the ages setting grounds to many stories and ideas about heroic acts and pure courage where the hero is reluctant to back down from a battle and will always save his people. One of the figures that draw inspiration from ancient stories such as Beowulf is the character of James Bond, and in this essay I will evaluate the similarities and differences between the two characters and how an ancient story can provide ground for a contemporary hero. To begin with, in the story of Beowulf he plays the Beowulf takes over the role as a hero by having the archetype as the destroyer. The reason that Beowulf has succeeded in enduring time and is still viewed by our society as a popular story is the fact that Beowulf has been crafted as a marvelous character, where he fights to provide a safe world. He acknowledges that we all will eventually die therefore he faces those challenges in order to establish fame and to be able to live in his people¶s memory ( Mythencyclopedia). The character of James Bond is vastly similar to those qualities but in a contemporary and modern style. When you think of a hero you think of the man in shining armor, someone that comes to his fair maidens rescue just in time to save her life. You think of him being handsome with a strong physique and brave. Courageous and brave is what you expect, and with the story of James Bond these are the qualities that you will get (Why Do We Love James Bond?).
Being a government agent, James Bond is sent on missions to all around the world to save us time after time from the all kinds of threats, going from destroying a bomb to saving a country. While doing so he never rethinks his acts, always willing to give himself to the danger in the name of the Queen. By doing so he assures that his name will long live without and even though he is mortal, his actions will endure passing time. (Why Do We Love James Bond?). This is how Beowulf and James Bond meet at common grounds. Beowulf travels a long distance to help a nation win their war, "To anyone in Denmark. All of Beowulf's; Band had jumped from their beds, Ancestral; Swords raised and ready" (Beowulf, lines 316-318). Beowulf wants to show all of Denmark the good in his heart and loyalty to the race of men. Hence you can see that the tale of an archetype hero have been a reason of inspiration for the characteristics of James Bond, from the necessity of fame to the loyalty to their leaders.
Although the two characters show these similarities, their stories have several deep contractions as well. For example the story of Beowulf is based on the mythical believes of the people at that time. Whether its dragons or huge sea monsters, Beowulf¶s story is based on symbolism (Mythencyclopedia). James Bond¶s path on the other hand has been set to create ultimate relation with its audience by the fact that James Bond is a figure for modern men, being able to catch beautiful women, drive luxurious Auston Martins while at the same time saving the world
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(Guardian). Therefore the factor of symbolism is much less than that of Beowulf¶s on the account of realism and deep contacts with the fans (Commanderbond). In conclusion, I believe that the story of Beowulf has drawn inspiration for current stories of heroism such as the story of James Bond. While there is much similarty between the both, the difference that makes Beowulf hold its popularity for ages to come is the detailed symbolism that makes it relate for any generation of people it may encounter (associatedcontent). These stories and symbols will always exist in our history as long as we fancy who are wanted by women and can establish acts of heroism and courage that we find astonishing.
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