Beowulf and Governor Jesse Ventura of Minnesota have many similarities and differences. They are both thought of as heros. Jesse Ventura is a self-created political figure and Beowulf was a made up legend. Jesse Ventura won as a third party candidate for the governor of Minnesota and Beowulf defeated Grendel in a battle, which were two incredible accomplishments. Jesse Ventura and Beowulf are also two very un-modest heros, and they speak their minds.
They are both thoughts of as heros, though they came from different time periods and led totally different lives. Jesse Ventura was a navy SEAL, a movie actor, and a professional wrestler. He created his image to be a larger-than-life warrior type. He worked hard, running as a third party candidate for the governor of Minnesota and won.
Beowulf was a made up legend who had super-human qualities. During the Dark Ages Beowulf was an epic that was told by the Anglo-Saxons. Beowulf was brave enough to fight Grendel with his bare hands and the author tells us that Grendel:
Saw that his strength was deserting him, his claw Bound fast, Higlac’s brave follower tearing His hands. The monster’s hatred rose higher,But his power had gone. He twisted in pain,And the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder Snapped muscle and bone split And broke. The battle was over, Beowulf Had been granted new glory. (P. 21, ln 102-110)Jesse Ventura was a wrestler, but he never harmed his opponent as badly as Beowulf did. Both Beowulf and Jesse Ventura were strong, champion-like figures.
Jesse Ventura ran as a third party candidate for the governor of Minnesota even though most third party candidates don’t have a chance. Democrats and Republicans have been known to exclude third party candidates from debates. Third party nominees have to make due with less press attention and money. When they do receive media coverage it can be distorted. Many voters end up ignoring them because they don’t know as much information about them. Most politicians tell people what they want to hear, but Jesse Ventura told people the truth. Jesse Ventura convinced many young people to vote for the first time. He used the Internet which influenced mostly young, first time voters. The Internet gave him a 2% – 4% lead, which was the margin of victory in the campaign.
Like Jesse Ventura becoming the governor of Minnesota, Beowulf accomplished something amazing too: he fought Grendle and killed him. When Beowulf and the Geats heard that Grendel had taken over Herot, the mead hall, they traveled to the land where Hrothgar reigned to save the people. They risked their own lives by traveling by boat to save the others. Beowulf wasn’t just going to kill Grendel while he was sleeping, he was going to kill him in battle because that was the honorable way to do it. Grendel was a monster that no one could destroy, but Beowulf claimed that he could destroy him with his bare hands.
And Beowulf was ready, firm with our Lord’sldHigh favor and his own bold courage and strength. He stripped off his mail shirt, his helmet, his sword
Hammered from the hardest iron, and handedAll his weapons and armor to a servant,…. (P.18, ln 65-69)
Jesse Ventura and Beowulf were two are two un-modest heros. Beowulf announced to everyone that he was going to kill Grendel. He bragged that he could kill Grendel in a battle, unlike all those who had attempted to kill Grendel in his sleep. He also boasted that he could kill Grendel without his armor or any weapons. He claimed that he would kill Grendel with his bare hands. Throughout the story, Beowulf repeatedly announced that he was braver and stronger than Grendel. “Grendel is no braver, no stronger than I am! I could kill him with my sword; I shall not,
Easy as it wou Scratching at my shield, his clumsy fists Beating at my sword would be helpless…..”(P. 18, ln 73-78)
Jesse Ventura, like Beowulf, is also very un-modest. he has built his image to be tough and brash. People like him because he is very honest about issues that affect others. He tells people the truth, rather than what he thinks they want to hear. Although, sometimes speaking his mind does get him into trouble: In an interview with Playboy he said that people who believed in religion were weak-minded people. The things that were said by Jesse Ventura in that interview caused many people to be very upset.
Jesse Ventura and Beowulf were two similar heros. Although Jesse Ventura is a political hero and Beowulf is a made up legend, they had very similar attitudes about things. They both had great accomplishments in their lives, for Jesse Ventura it was winning as a third party candidate for the governor of Minnesota, and for Beowulf it was destroying Grendel in battle. They both speak their minds and are very un-modest which can be good and bad attributes at times. They are both very memorable heros of their time.