Valor, integrity, fealty and sense of obligations are all characteristics that a true hero would possess. The heroic ideal seen in literature represents a certain culture and serves its culture a purpose at a time of crisis or importance. They often stand apart from their people and grief their inability to connect with them. Beowulf, Sir Gawain, and Macbeth are all heroic figures created by amazing authors who have impacted our English literature. While they all achieve similar characteristics in heroism they also demonstrate differences.
Beowulf, like other heroes, wants to prove his strength and toughness. He does not use any weapons to give him an advantage; rather, he is only willing to use the strength found inside him. He does not want to appear weak in the eyes of his lord, so he chooses to display his power. The epic poem provides clear examples to depict Beowulf as an epic
In the modern age, heroes like Malala Yousafzai are displaying the same traits that were displayed in the Anglo-Saxon culture by heroes like Beowulf, but as the times are changing, the qualities of a hero are manifested differently. Firstly, Beowulf used his physical excellence to help the Danes from the monsters haunting them. When Beowulf goes to fight Grendel he brings his best men to help him but as the fight between him and Grendel goes on, Beowulfs followers learn that they
In order to obtain maximum respect in each conflict, both Beowulf and Arthur enter into battle somewhat alone. Beowulf specifically asks, "That he, alone and with the help of his men, may purge all evil from the hall. " His request is granted by Hrothgar, King of the Danes, so he and his man enter into the battle themselves so that when Grendel is defeated, the glory, love and respect belong solely to Beowulf and his men. Arthur does the same, "he met with his man and his horse, and so mounted up and dressed his shield and took his spear, and bade his chamberlain tarry there till he came again." Although Arthur begins his journey alone he does meet up with Merlin, the court magician and faithful companion, who accompanies him.
During these time periods, a hero was usually a great a warrior who sacrificed oneself to protect their king and kingdom. In addition, culture, religion, chivalry, and traditions played a vital role in the work of these early heroes. This was seen numerous times in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, where both characters frequently prayed and followed the Code of Chivalry. In contrast, a hero today would portray few— or none— cultural or religious elements. Usually, present-day heroes would acquire the label by depicting some sort of supernatural, phenomenal, or superhuman trait that a normal person would not obtain.
Ironically in his efforts to gain fame and riches, Beowulf 's traits overlap with those of an epic hero. More important than Beowulf 's lack of morality though, is the warrior 's lack of growth throughout the story. Usually, in epic poems, the protagonists change
In Beowulf, Beowulf must undergo three main trials in order to fulfill his destiny. Before Beowulf begins his quest, the unknown author drafts Beowulf as a hero whom the people of Geatland acknowledge and look up to. For example, as Beowulf recruited able warriors and prepared to set out to Denmark to save Hrothgar’s people from Grendel, no elder denied his plan. The elders’ respect for Beowulf, demonstrates his influence in society.
He never gives up on hurting the kingdom that he continued to eat, without an opponent he continues to defeat the kingdoms warriors. Until the hero came to defeat Grendel and finally won because he strived for fame. Beowulf is very ambitious, ready to go to battle anywhere. The epic states “When he hears the tale of Hrothgar’s distress, he sets sail for Denmark to rid the land of its fear” (“Beowulf”). Beowulf did not know who these people were yet he sent sail for this journey just to earn a win on his hero card.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the protagonist is Macbeth. Macbeth is described at first as a mighty, courageous warrior devoted to King Duncan. However, Macbeth realizes his importance and evil enters his mind, corrupting his motives. While in the poem, Beowulf, the protagonist, Beowulf, is also portrayed as mighty, courageous warrior, but is devoted to King Hrothgar.
By definition, a hero a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities (Merriam Webster). Different qualities like courage, honor and selflessness is what makes a hero and creates their reputation. However, a hero cannot be admired by the people it protects without exhibiting these three qualities. These three men show what a hero should really be. Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney and Sir Gawain from “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” translated by Brian Stone and Burton Raffel demonstrate heroic qualities like courage, honor, and selflessness, but Christy Mahon form Playboy of the Western World; and the Riders to the Sea written by J.M. Synge explains what a hero should not do by his actions.
Additionally, Beowulf’s immense courage makes him fit for representing the ideal epic hero. Beowulf is brave and he does not avoid doing anything that might be dangerous or risky. Beowulf is even willing to give up his life, when he performs some of the courageous deeds. For example, when Beowulf plans to fight Grendel, he tells Hrothgar: “’the monster’s scorn of men / Is so great that he needs no weapons and fears none. / Nor will I’”
A trophy is a tangible object, durable reminder of a specific achievement, and serves as a recognition or evidence of merit. In the epic poem Beowulf, Beowulf battle three monsters he uses different techniques, strategies, weapons and methods to defeat them, and in the end of the battle he obtains different trophies each time. The trophies Beowulf attains were assurance to king Hrothgar and his people that Beowulf would and could keep the people safe and that they could trust him with their safety. The trophies that Beowulf acquire were boosts of confidence for Beowulf himself as well, with each battle he became more confident in himself and his strategies. Given that trophies shows, you are probably the best and that you have the ability to be great at something and that is why Beowulf collected trophies from his victims to show the people he is the best and a reminder for himself to never give up even when things don’t seem that they will change.
A Hero's Journey thru Life Throughout life there will be many challenges that will present themselves some of them will be caused by someone else but others will be caused by yourself. Some people will call these people Foes or Anti-Heros. They can range from a monster called Grendel to just a teacher at your high school or just earning the high school diploma. The “Hero” will need to overcome the foe in whatever way they chose. For a high school student there are many foes that one might need to overcome, one of them is graduating high school.
Beowulf and Grendel can be compared and contrast in many ways. Beowulf is a prince and more like a hero. Grendel is a monster, he is mean and selfish. They both are strong and very powerful. Also, both of them are a murder.
Doing what your mind is thinking, it probably has somewhat part of why it's monster on the outside is doing what it's doing. It may or may not have an impact, monster vs Inner man both have the same somewhat affect on what is going on. Beowulf has many examples of monster vs inner man, I will be comparing monster vs Inner man. Many examples from the story Beowulf will be included into my main points. Inner man can affect what your actions are doing on the outside.