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.
It’s crazy how things happen so fast. A mom and her twenty-two-month-old were just walking on the beach when a big wave crashed over them, and sent them into the water. Kelly Slater, a male professional surfer, saw all of this happen, and he immediately went over to help them. He was luckily on land when it happened, instead of surfing. He grabbed the mom and her child out of the water, and they were fine.
I spent a lot of that time falling face first into water. In those two weeks of constant failure I learned that I can do anything with hard work and perseverance. I was on my uncle's boat ready to try water ski for the first time. Watching my mother ski successfully I thought, "Hey! This doesn't look hard at all!"
Meanwhile, Beowulf was indebted to Hrothgar because Hrothgar once defended Beowulf’s family. Many other instances in Beowulf mirror the poet’s Anglo-Saxon world; after all, the story is immortal because of its fame, just like the character Beowulf. Beowulf was a hero because he believed that the wisdom of good would prevail over evil. Because Beowulf was a hero, he boasted
Grendel had been terrorizing the Danes for twelve years and none of them could defeat Grendel with weapons During the battle with Grendel, Grendel notices Beowulf’s extraordinary strength: “He knew at once that nowhere on earth Had he met a man whose hands were harder; His mind was flooded with fear- but nothing could take his talons and himself from that tight Hard grip” (p. 33, 433-437). To proclaim his victory and triumph over evil, Beowulf hangs an arm of Grendel’s, which he savagely ripped from the beast, from the ceiling.Later, Beowulf encounters Grendel's mother, who is even more terrifying than Grendel. In the battle with Grendel’s mother there is yet another example of Beowulf’s super-human strength when Beowulf lifts a huge sword that was forged by giants and kills Grendel’s mother with it. It was said that the sword was magical so that no ordinary man would have the strength to lift it. Beowulf also boasts of his strength many times throughout the poem.
Beowulf: The Admired Hero I. Introduction- Beowulf introduces himself to Hrothgar The story of Beowulf is told with a narrative tone that reveres the Danish-medieval culture which values strong family lineage, honor, and bravery. All of those traits will play a significant role in Beowulf’s favor with King Hrothgar as he introduces himself to the king as a fearless man of stature who vows to slay the demonic oppression caused by Grendel, and live up to the heroic standards of his ancestors. II. Beowulf gains favor with the king by establishing his lineage Beowulf comes before the Danish King Hrothgar to state his purpose for arriving to the kingdom unannounced. As Beowulf is petitioning before the king his ability to defend the kingdom from the monstrous attacks, the king interrupts with a reminiscent tone.
In his final chapters, Beowulf faces the dragon. Through his sense of responsibility for his people, Beowulf puts his life at risk and fights the dragon disregarding his own glory. Early in the story, Gawain is hold accountable and must keep the agreement he made with the Green Knight. Knowing his reputation and his king’s is at risk, Gawain follow through with his word. Again, Macbeth is the only one who doesn’t meet the heroic qualifications, as he fails to have a sense of obligation towards his people and only focuses on his own interest.
Christopher Reeve (AKA the 1978 superman) said that, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”. Both Beowulf and Modern day heroes are similar in that way in that they fight for the common good of people. That quote from Christopher Reeves on what a modern day hero is, also applies to the epic hero qualities that Beowulf has. Similarly Beowulf and a modern day hero defeat an evil so that good can prevail. 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.
Beowulf from Beowulf has very few things about him that are not chivalrous. His character exemplifies the Germanic hero and the Anglo-Saxon ideal of being strong, fearless, bold and loyal. One example of Beowulf being a chivalrous warrior is his bravery and courage. The evil demon Grendel has been terrorizing Herot for the past 12 years, so Beowulf wants to try and defeat him. When he arrives in Denmark Wulfgar greets him by saying “My lord, the great king of the Danes, commands me to tell you that he knows of your noble birth and that having come bravely and are welcome.” (Beowulf 126).
He gives up on a useless weapon and attacks the terrifying monster with his bare hands. He uses his inner physical strength to defeat the dragon, with his own hands being his only aid in battle. His physical strength is described in the passage “My lord Higlac might think less of me as I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to, if I hid behind some broad linen shield. My hands alone shall fight for me.” (248-252). Beowulf, like other heroes, wants to prove his strength and toughness.
Reed barely caught the rope in his hand, before he lost his grip on the railings. Neil pulled in Reed as quickly as he could. Reed thanked Neil for saving his life. They were trying to find a way to keep their balance on this ever so dangerous boat ride. Aria, on the other hand, faced no challenges and arrived at the island with 3 hours to spare.