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Comparative analysis of heroism in Beowulf and Sundiata

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One wonders what the importance of comparing the acts of heroism in Beowulf and Sundiata is, since these two epics are products of two distinct and distanced cultures. In the quest to find out the essence of heroism in this context, the researcher was compelled to study both epics, partly for its own merit and also to peer into the universality of heroic traits or otherwise. From the study, one would observe that both epics convey different storylines, but express comparable heroic views, in that both main characters possess similar heroic traits as well as uphold  identical heroic values. The study reveals the value accorded to each epic hero not only in their cultures, but the world over. The exemplary leadership qualities these heroes had and shared were both idolized and preserved which goes to prove that all human societies uphold their startling virtues of strength, bravery, courage and above all, the selfless services they rendered to their subjects. 



1.0    Background to the Study                                                                           

1.1    Definition of Terms                                                                                  

1.1 .1  Heroism                                                                                                

1.1.2   Epic                                                                                                                      2

1.2   Synopsis of Beowulf                                                                                                3                                               

1.3    Synopsis of Sundiata                                                                                              5                                                                                

1.4    Statement of the Problem                                                                                                

1.5    Objectives of the Study                                                                                                 

1.6    Scope of the Study                                                                                      

1.7    Significance of the Study                                                                                                         

1.8    Methodology                                                                                          

1.9    Organization of the Study

1.10  Literature Review of Beowulf

1.11  Literature Review of Sundiata                                                                                               


2.0      Theme                                                                                                                  15

2.1      Thematic Analysis of  Beowulf

2.1.1   Theme of Reputation

2.1.2   Theme of Generosity and Hospitality

2.2       Character Analysis of Beowulf     

2.2.1    Beowulf

2.2.2     Hrothgar

2.2.3     Grendel

2.2.4     Grendel’s mother

2.2.5     Wealhtheow

2.2.6     Unferth

2.2.7     Wiglaf

2.2.8      Hygelac

2.2.9     Aeschere  

2.3        Symbol

2.3.1     The Torque of Gold

2.3.2     Heorot

2.3.3     The Dragon’s Treasure-Trove

2.4         Language and Style

2.5         Thematic Analysis of Sundiata

2.5.1      Theme of Destiny

2.5.2       Theme of Loyalty

2.5.3       Theme of Sorcery/Magic

2.6           Character Analysis of Sundiata

2.6.1        Sundiata

2.6.2        Griots 

2.6.3       Maghan Kon Fatta

2.6.4       Sogolon Kedjou (Hunchback)

2.6.5       Gnankouman Doua

2.6.6       Soumaoro Kante

2.6.7      Balla Fasseke

2.7        Language and Style


3.0     Preamble                                                                                                            Loc

3.1      Heroism in Beowulf                                                                                         

3.2      Heroism in Sundiata                                                                                    

3.3      Comparison of Heroism in Beowulf and Sundiata                                  

3.3.1    Similarities                                                                                                             

3.3.2    Differences                                                                                                        


 4.1    Summary                                                                                                        

4.2      Conclusion

Works cited                                                                                             

Comparative analysis of heroism in Beowulf and Sundiata

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