Beowulf v. Star Wars Compare & Contrast

Essay by halleyHigh School, 12th gradeA+, February 2003

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The idea of the monomyth can be mentioned in classic literature as well as in mono motion pictures. The definition Joseph Campbell gives of a hero deals with eight stages. These eight stages can be found in Beowulf in addition to Star Wars. Beowulf, the strongest of the people known as Geats, proclaimed that he would help get rid of the monster that was terrorizing the Danes. Star Wars', Luke Skywalker was a simple farm boy and became the greatest hero the galaxy had ever known. Luke was born during the chaos as the galaxy transitioned from Republic to the tyrannical Empire. Beowulf and Luke both had a boon, a timely blessing or benefit, from which they were given. The goal of the two heroes was to save their part of the world. Though they saved their part of the world successfully, they too reached a nadir. Although Beowulf and Star Wars are dissimilar stories, both hold many similarities.

Even so, one cannot ignore the differences from the two stories. For instance, the technology used in Star Wars, was by far, more advanced compared to the basic technology in which Beowulf used. More so, a mental force guided Luke whereas Beowulf believed it was the help of God. It was rather clear that Luke was a young man compared to Beowulf being elder. Lastly, Beowulf had the advantage to defeat all of his enemies yet ended up dying whereas Luke had the benefit of living.

Notwithstanding the differences, the two stories are clearly similar. For example, it is relevant that when being a hero, a boon will always be present. In this case, the boon for Luke was the gift of power. Luke was always told that the Force was with him. Beowulf's boon was fame from fighting and defeating...