In the quote, Beowulf is talking to his lord. He had beaten the last monster of his days. Beowulf wasn’t jumping up and down, he was just glad he got to do that one more time for himself, his servants, and most importantly he showed his lord that he was still courageous! So with loyalty,bravery, unselfishness, courage, and faithfulness towards his lord and his servants, he made one heck of a hero just like the Anglo- Saxons. “They said that of all the kings upon the earth he was the man most gracious and fair-minded, kindest to his people and keenest to win fame.”
Beowulf would have rather fought and died for his people then to go out like a coward and not have did anything to protect his people. Beowulf stood strong, never backing down from either battles he proved to his people that they were worth him dying for. Beowulf showed he was an hero by defending his people. Beowulf stated, “For this, these jewels, i thank Our Father in Heaven, Ruler of the Earth For all of this, that His grace has given me, Allowed me to bring to my people while breath Still came to my lips. I sold my life For this treasure, and i sold it well” ( Raffel, lines 816-821).
Beowulf is a superior hero, he is an honorable man and a selfless being who prioritizes his comrade above anything. Beowulf displays traits that are important in the 21st century. Beowulf prioritizes other people before himself. When he killed Grendel, he didn’t do it for the prize but he did it for the respect of his men and the honor. Beowulf is a despicable leader that is able to lead his men to victory like the time they hunted and took down Grendel.
Whether it is fighting a monster (Beowulf fought and killed Grendel a monster), or a child walking into a classroom for the first time, bravery puts trust in yourself to face anything. Loyalty, is the quality of being loyal or the allegiance, dedication or commitment towards someone. In the case of heroes most are loyal to a King, Nation, or community. Beowulf was loyal to King Hrothgar and was always willing upon his own free will to help the King in anyway possible. Today, modern heroes are loyal to their community (police, firefighters) and Nation (military) and these individuals still help in anyway upon their own free will.
Hrothgar recalls, “Ecgtheow acknowledged me with oaths of allegiance” (472). Beowulf traveled with his men to fight a fearsome monster not for the glory of it but so that he could help his father to repay his debt. Many years later, Wiglaf shows his loyalty and devotion to his king Beowulf by following him into the fray when no one else did, promising, “I shall stand by you” (2668). In the end, this loyalty reveals Wiglaf’s valor, proving him to be just as heroic a character as Beowulf. The characters in Beowulf demonstrate three of the most important morals at the time of the story’s creation: bravery, honor, and loyalty.
Beowulf is characterized as an epic hero because of his glorious legacy. This epic hero was in constant danger from evil but always defeated it. He also had a moral code that separated him from mere mortals. The epic hero portrayed many traits that made him great. Although he died in battle, Beowulf’s leadership, bravery, and sense of morality made him an epic hero among men.
To these things you must swear upon to be Blessed Sacrament(...)” (p.61-62). Chivalry was a big rule and King Arthur firmly believed in it, making him a fair yet strong ruler and a great guy in general. King Arthur proves he 's a brave leader because he would risk anything for his Country, a loyal leader because he only has affection for Guenevere, and a chivalrous leader because he counts everyone as equal and is willing to help anyone in need. King Arthur was the greatest ruler in medieval times known to
For these valiant efforts against the monster he is rewarded with all the treasures of the hoard. It is never made clear what exactly is included in the treasure, but we can assume that it is more metaphorical than tangible. Since we already know that Sigemund's name was remembered greatly even after his death, it is possible that the treasure symbolizes and constitutes the many heroic traits a warrior can possess. After Sigemund's triumph his "name was known everywhere...he was utterly valiant and venturesome." (Heaney 898-99).
Beowulf and Odysseus are two famous epic heroes in the texts Beowulf and The Odyssey. They both go through the “Hero’s Journey,” and display many characteristics of a hero. Beowulf, however, better fits the qualities of an epic hero due to his unselfish personality, his fearlessness, and his nobility. One reason Beowulf is the better epic hero is because his intentions and motives were selfless. He always fought to save the people, not for glory or treasures.
Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon epic poem with no known author and it shows a young warriors three main heroic battles throughout his lifetime. Beowulf is written as a courageous but loyal man, who often wishes to prove his honor through these crazy deeds which often puts his life at risk. The main focus in this poem is his honor and loyalty to not only himself but those around him. Beowulf has consistently shown how loyalty and honor have proved most important to him through his journeys as this epic poem’s hero. When the town of Herot showed signs of rejoice or happiness through their victories from war and to reward Hrothgar’s thanes with treasures and land in the Heorot, Grendel will rise and feast on the men.
I am very proud with my outcome project, it has much thought and hard work put into it. I wouldn’t change a thing about what King did for this nation. Inevitably he did accomplish what he set out, equality and desegregation, making him a great leader also an outstanding person. He once said “No one knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for”. King carried out this quote with his own life, he died for what he believed in and because what he believed in.
When killing the enemy he was smart, brave, and noble. Beowulf knew the perfect tactic to bring out Grendel. Beowulf then eventually kills Grendel by tearing off his arm. For this everyone loves him and gives him great treasure especially the king. Although Beowulf liked the gifts he never asked for them.