For example, the Danes were facing Grendel, a terrible monster that would kill their people at their meadhall mercilessly. The king, Hrothgar, and his men attempted multiple times to kill Grendel, but never succeeded. Beowulf of the Geats, heard of the Danes’ problem and offered to help defeat Grendel. In the text he states, “Many deeds of note have I done in my life, and now the reports of the monster Grendel have brought me to your land... So now I am come, my lord King, to fight single-handed against this Grendel.”
This quotation shows bravery because Beowulf knew the dragon was much more powerful than him, but he took it upon himself to fight the dragon alone and risk his life to protect the people. Beowulf defeated the dragon but also lost his life while fighting for his people. He states, “So God/Gives guidance to those who can find it from no one/Else” (Beowulf 12-14). This quote is saying, how Beowulf will do what others will not do, he’s showing his bravery towards Hrothgar. The other criteria the Anglo-Saxon hero shows is generous.
What Defines a Hero? Throughout history many different definitions of heroes have been present. Whether you look at how our culture defines a hero, how the epic poem, “The Odyssey,” defines a hero, how the Bible defines a hero, or how you define a hero. The word hero may mean something to one person but for another person it may mean something else.
The hero's journey is a popular form of writing that involves a hero who embarks on an adventure, quest, or journey where in the climax they win a victory, then comes home transformed or changed. The book, “The Odyssey” is a prodigious example of the hero's journey. Odysseus is the hero of “The Odyssey”. All heroes in a hero's journey display particular traits. Odysseus displays perseverance and fortitude, two specific characteristics that all heroes should display.
He goes on telling about the riches he was given by the Phaeacians never even mentioning his brothers in war. He hides his past from his son, ignores his questions, and pushes onto a whole other subject without Telemachus’s consent. A true hero would not fear telling the truth to the people they love because anyone worth loving will forgive your
Traditional epic literature tells stories of legendary heroes and their journeys both physical and psychological. Homer’s ‘Iliad’ and the Anglo-Saxon ‘Beowulf’ both contain heroes who follow the hero’s journey. The Iliad is set in Bronze Age Greece and is commonly attributed to the blind poet Homer. In this period, Gods and Goddesses graced the earth serving as inspiration for the mortal man to model himself on and achieve excellence on Earth. Victory in war was the pinnacle of glory and consequently, the aspiration of many heroes.
Beowulf fought with great bravery and courage to protect others. He believed that the only way to immortality was to become historic. “But you have made yourself immortal by your glorious action." (Beowulf 246). Beowulf’s actions of killing Grendel and fighting his mother were events that will leave an everlasting impression.
“He twisted in pain, and the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder snapped, muscle and bone split and broke”(Beers 24), and “Men at arms, remain here on the barrow, safe in your armour, to see which one of us is better in the end at the bearing wounds in a deadly fray”(Beers 33), both come from Beowulf. The trait of high physical strength can be seen in the first quote as Beowulf takes down Grendel on his own and the second quote shows the epic hero quality of a strong leader as Beowulf wants his men to stay behind and be safe. From the epic Gilgamesh, the traits of battle skillfulness, and the desire to succeed can be seen through the quotes “And then he raised his ax up higher and swung it in a perfect arc into Humbaba’s neck” (Mason 53), and “I want to prove him not the awesome thing we think he is and that the boundaries set up by gods are not unbreakable. I will defeat him in his cedar forest” (Mason 48). The first quote shows the epic hero’s remarkable skill in battle which is important to an epic hero on his or her adventures and the other quote shows the passion that Gilgamesh has to achieve something, and this type of drive is needed in an epic hero.
But, in The Epic of Gilgamesh, there is no clear hero. This subject is debatable. But, a hero as described in the Hero’s Journey is someone who saves the day against a supernatural challenge, treats his people nicely, and doesn’t come back empty handed. A hero’s characteristics are perceived by the people around him. Even though Gilgamesh is the main character, his treatment of people was unacceptable and made his people hate him.
Creon was told exactly what would happen if he did not undo his actions now he did but when he was first presented with the prophecy he rejected it and in doing so disrespected the gods so then the prophecy was fulfilled. This is another reason why Creon is the tragic hero. To sum up, Creon is the tragic hero of antigone. Creon is the tragic hero of Antigone because Through Creon 's strong pride he brings doom upon himself and his family.
Some would argue that pride and blindness to the truth have nothing to do with each other but the character and plot line of Oedipus in this story supports the argument that they very much are related with one another. Oedipus extracts a large amount of pride throughout most of the story. Oedipus thinking that he can control his fate reveals his pride. Oedipus believes that he can run away from his prophecy, no doubt that Oedipus is proud of the face that he does not desire to see the prophecy about himself fulfilled. Oedipus plays a god like role by thinking he can keep the terrible prophecy about his future from coming.
Beowulf has a couple of different heroes that vary in what they do. Beowulf is always described as a selfless hero who fights for justice. “Thus Beowulf bore himself with valour; he was formidable in battle yet behaved with honour and took no advantage” (Beowulf 149). When the warriors
In the play Oedipus The King, Oedipus ran from his destiny, blinded by truth. The overall cause of Oedipus ' trragic downfall is his unwillingness to accept his “GOD” given fate. Therefore, Oedipus The King is an example of a tragic hero, in view of the fact that tragic events will happen if you don 't hark your destiny. At the end of the play, he was a blind man who hated himself for his evil deeds. For this reason Oedipus The King can be considered a tragic hero because he committed an action which ultimately
In Beowulf, the themes of liberation and sacrifice can be seen in Beowulf’s heroic narrative. Believed to be sent by God to rescue the people of Heorot, Beowulf not only serves as their warrior, but their protector from every evil that threatens their land. Beowulf sacrifices his own life to save the people, accepting his own death at the hands of the dragon. The themes of sacrifice and liberation are major themes in Beowulf, as seen through Beowulf’s willingness to defeat Grendel at Heorot and willingness to die fighting the dragon. Beowulf is first introduced as a liberator when he defeats Grendel and restores Danish power at Heorot.
Many believe Beowulf to be a fearless and heroic character, though in reality, many of his traits and motives prove just the opposite. From defending the King’s citizens to slaying countless evil creatures, Beowulf may appear to be an extraordinary man of unimaginable feats. Upon further investigation, however, it may become obvious that Beowulf’s heroism proved itself unable to stand the test of time. Beowulf was written to be the perfect protagonist, but displays various flaws throughout the narrative that contradicts his heroic intentions. The character of Beowulf is portrayed to be a fearless warrior- one who has slain an infinity of monsters and demons.