It is evident from the beginning of the poem that Beowulf is meant to be the hero. He is strong, brave, and courageous but is also boastful and seeks only fame and glory. These characteristics are examples of things that could be related to hyper masculinity and are not necessarily desired in a hero today. In the quote “They have seen my strength for themselves, Have watched me rise from the darkness of war, Dripping with my enemies' blood. I drove Five great giants into chains, chased All of that race from the earth.
What makes Beowulf an epic hero? Well, first, Beowulf is the Prince of the Geats, he's a strong warrior who is said to have the strength of 30 men in each hand. Beowulf also possesses the ability to breathe underwater, he is a great warrior in his lands and has earn glory by winning many fights. Although, having inhumane strength and winning many fights does not make you a hero; a hero is a person who can overcome adversities for the sake of others. With this in mind, Beowulf has many outstanding achievements that certainly makes him qualify as a hero.
Heroes are a major part in any story no matter how clear their heroism is. In the case of the characters, Beowulf and Sir Gawain, they are considered to be heroes. However, they are two different types of heroes even though they both show the key attributes that make them considered to be heroes; Beowulf is the brave idealistic hero whereas Sir Gawain is a noble knight who is also modest and cares a lot about what people think of him so much so that he tells a lie to keep up his reputation. In the epic poem Beowulf, the character Beowulf hears about a monster named Grendel tormenting the land Heorot, so “he announced his plan: to sail the swan’s road and seek out that king, the famous prince who needed defenders” to help fight the monster. (David and Simpson, Beowulf 46) Once there he defeats Grendel without any weapons, just his bravery, and strength.
The hero, Beowulf, was an amazing warrior with all the unusual values required by a hero. He was able to use his super-human physical strength and bravery to put his people before himself. He stumbled upon disturbing monsters and the wildest beasts, but he never feared death
A tragic hero, Macbeth ultimately falls because of a poor judgement, and false interpretation. On the other hand, Beowulf, an epic hero, is greatly admired for his achievements. Macbeth falls to ambition and deception throughout the play fulfilling his role as a tragic hero, and Beowulf continues to push himself fearlessly, solidifying his part as the epic hero. Hero’s are not born, they are made, thus both Macbeth and Beowulf needed a beginning.
Some examples are, Beowulf Slaying Grendel and Grendel's mother to save the land of the Danes, and soldiers fighting enemies that threaten the lives of a country, and police officers putting criminals behind bars. Both Beowulf and modern day heroes risk their life for the good of others and are held to a high regard. "Nor have I seen a mightier man-at-arms on this earth than the one standing here: unless I am mistaken, is truly noble. This is no mere hanger-on in a hero's armor”. Beowulf was a considered an epic hero because he did great deeds and was of high importance.
No matter what is thrown at him he never stops trying to get home, getting past a Cyclopes, the Lady Circe, and sirens. He even gets through the Underworld and lives. Despite this, Odysseus does have faults about him, though not as many as there are qualities. He is a worldwide symbol, an archetype, of both nobility and bravery. Odysseus, the epic hero of the Odyssey, a great leader with many attributes as well as flaws, is no ordinary man.
Antigone is one of the greatest tragedies ever written by Sophocles. There is a controversial question about this play: Who is the tragic hero? Could it be Antigone or Creon? Even though the play’s name is Antigone, but as I read the story. A sensible and responsible king, Creon, is a tragic hero because of his power madness, self-righteousness, and ruthlessness.
Marlowe 's Faustus: A thirsty soul after 'knowledge infinite ', an archetype of today Marlowe has left behind him four powerful tragedies: Tamburlaine in two parts, Dr. Faustus, The Jew of Malta, and Edward II. Each one of these tragedies revolves around one central personality who is consumed by the lust for power, Beauty and knowledge. Marlowe’s tragedies are all one-man tragedies in which the tragic hero dominates over the rest of the characters and dwarfs them by his towering personality. For the middle Ages, tragedy was a thing of kings and princes; for Marlowe it was a matter of individual heroes. His heroes are not kings and princes, but humble individuals, who however, have heroic qualities and so, rise high and achieve wonders.
“Heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome.” Written by Margaret Atwood a writer (BQ). The epic poem The Odyssey is about a man named Odysseus who is trying to get back to his homeland of Ithaca. Odysseus has been fighting in the Trojan war for ten years and runs into many Gods, Goddesses and some monsters who may help him, or endanger him. In Homer’s The Odyssey, Odysseus is an epic hero because he is on a quest, has superhuman intelligence, and performs brave deeds.
The strong and powerful Beowulf defeats two extremely murderous demons in very different ways before he sadly meets his end with a third monster. It is important to first note that Beowulf embodies the epic hero traits, which are: “looking like a hero, being noble, famous,
All heroes are very smart and cunning and can work themselves around anything and everything with the best end in mind. In The Road, the father is a hero because he is very smart and courageous, he overcomes his fear of giving up where others would, and he puts himself through excruciating pain in order to keep the child and himself alive.
In Homer’s The Odyssey, Trojan War hero Odysseus exhibits perseverance in the ten years of war and leads his men on the long journey home. Odysseus has to endure the frustrations of the war and the negligence that the gods show to him in his most desperate times. The pain he goes through exhibits his love for the special ones in his life, and it gives him the strength to make it home. Odysseus is challenged during the ten year war, but he will not give up, which proves how he is a true hero. The hero shows how he is a true hero through his actions and not his words.
All of these qualities are characteristics of a great leader. In conclusion, having a hero does not necessarily mean that they should wear capes. Qualities that a hero has is to be a good leader, wise, and one that has strength. Odysseus had all of these characteristics this is why i choose him as my epic hero. I hope that with this essay you choose Odysseus as your hero or something similar.