Beowulf shows his superhuman strength as he battled Grendel. He constantly showed high-standard behavior; admirable of many of the men during their time period. Beowulf constantly deals with external battled with demons and the pressure of those surrounding him; always putting other’s needs before his own. Beowulf slayed the dragon along with Wiglaf; the treasure was stolen in the textbook and in the movie it was found. Grendel attacks the Danes while they were sleeping; in the movie they were all in the middle of celebrating.
Madison McDonald Dr. Travis Montgomery ENGL 2213-02 16 March 2018 Violence in The Aeneid The Aeneid is bursting with violent acts from the beginning to the end. The main character, Aeneas, constantly faces conflict from both humans and gods. Aeneas is a Trojan hero and prince who embodies pietas, driven by duty, honor, and devotion, which makes him an example of an ideal Roman citizen. Aeneas was called by the gods and determined to be a successful founder of Rome, but he faced complications along the journey. In each conflict along the way, Aeneas dealt with fighting and violence and could not find peace until the end.
For example, when a dragon begins to terrorize his kingdom, Beowulf 's first thought is not to protect his people. Instead, he says, "I 've never known fear, as a youth I fought in endless battles. I am old, now, but I will fight again, seek fame still, if the dragon hiding in his tower dares to face me." (52) To Beowulf, even as an older and supposedly wiser man, his main reason for fighting monsters continues to be to gain more fame. Other heroes, like Gilgamesh and Odysseus, usually do heroic deeds to help their kingdoms and men.
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.
These abilities are important as a warrior because both his men and the hero reflect and are influenced by them. Some of the abilities are excellence in war, courage, leadership and fighting qualities. These qualities are seen through the heroic characters Hector and Achilles. When Achilles is not present with his men, the Greeks are well defeated by the Trojans with no motivation or support. Achilles is also described by his men as a power figure when the poem says “These were his words,/ and all Achaeans gave a roar of joy/ to hear the Prince abjure his rage.” (R 23-35).
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.
The heroes in the two epic poems The Epic of Gilgamesh and Beowulf are very similar in terms of their values. Beowulf in the poem Beowulf and Gilgamesh in the poem The Epic of Gilgamesh are the two main characters. The two men possess great physical strength unmatched by any man from the ancient or middle period. In the two epic poems the men fight and are a part of wars that almost seem unreal, due to the outcome or what was done during the course of the war. The two epic poems show many similarities in the presentation of their values.
This is a defining characteristic of a hero and the monster displays determination throughout his time of existence in the novel. An example of how he is determined to get what he wants can be seen through his “haunting” of Victor to get him to create a companion for him. The monster endures years of waiting, unforgiving weather conditions, starvation, dehydration, and loneliness to make sure that Victor holds his part of the agreement. Through all of his trials, nothing stopped the Monster from holding Victor accountable to his part of the bargain. This can bee seen through the quote, “You have destroyed the work which you begun; what is it that you intend?
Throughout this epic story, Beowulf fights through many obstacles to better the people of his kingdom. Beowulf, the king of the Danes, fights three different monsters. All of these monsters have different qualities and skills that make them all different to fight. Beowulf doesn 't fight all of these monsters the same, in fact, he fights each one in a unique way to come out triumphant. The environment in which Beowulf is fighting in also has a big impact on how Beowulf fights each of these monsters.
Though innocent of the thievery, Beowulf must defend his people and his kingdom. This third encounter is high tragedy, for Beowulf is no longer a naive adolescent, confident in the power of his arms, but an old man who knows this battle will be his last. During this final battle is left with only one person to stand by him as every other warrior has fled. With the help of this lone warrior Beowulf is able to defeat the dragon, but not before being mortally
Beowulf battles monsters like Grendel who triumph his size and devour men who nobly fought in battle. The odds seem unlikely for a regular man; however, Beowulf is not like most men. Another trait of Beowulf includes his loyalty to his friends and family. Beowulf leaves his country to travel to an unknown land to defeat a monster who could kill him. He has the loyalty to this country which he has not even stepped foot on it.