He is the archetypal hero. And not only does he fight for good, but he represents it as well. For Beowulf to signify good there must be a contrasting evil to complete the balance. Beowulf, who comes to help the Danes fight the dreaded Grendal. Beowulf is a classic epic hero and is honored by being passed down in the story.
He is also trying to express the importance of respect, no matter where you are or for whom. Myers wanted people to understand that people like Big Joe exist and they deserved to be recognized and he does that through the funeral. For example after spending the life insurance money on the funeral Big Joe used the remnants of the money to help Cassie, a girl whose husband just went to jail, and that deserves
Lastly, Beowulf displays the heroic characteristic of loyalty. Everything Beowulf does is fueled by loyalty. In the beginning of the story, Beowulf displays his first act of loyalty as he leaves his homeland to sail to the home of the Danes to help face Grendel. Beowulf also shows loyalty to his father. King Hrothgar had once helped Beowulf’s father, by helping Hrothgar in his time of crisis, Beowulf is able to demonstrate his loyalty to his father and by paying back the
I knew that the way to honor him best was to take myself even higher” (113). After the death of his brother, Mawi almost gave up on his dream of being a top student because he was devastated over Tewolde. He realized that Tewolde would want him to keep on going because it would help out his family. There is no doubt that the death of Tewolde crushed Mawi, but it also encouraged him to work to his fullest
However if those strangers are warriors and they want to either take his kingdom or take his food and wealth, then Odysseus will show no mercy to them and end their lives right then and there. A hero never does something like that, but Odysseus does. Yet Odysseus does thinks of others; his crew, his family, his people in Ithaca, and the people he has met during his journeys out to war and back from war. And in return, those people give him kindness and helps him find a way to his final destination. Odysseus is also acutely aware of his surroundings especially for an illusion, for example, the island with the sirens singing.
Paul Revere was able to use his business smarts to participate in events that helped save communities and people from a British takeover, as well as use his businesses for a cause that was near and dear to his heart - the Revolutionary War. Being the family man he was, he grew his businesses to support his family as well as his country. He wanted to take care of both in a way that would ensure their success for many years to come. However, there are historians who would agree that Paul Revere does not deserve the
Loyalty was displayed in Beowulf's character quite clearly, starting with his decision to help the Danes. He was willing to put his own life on the line for the sole benefit of others. This loyalty was first shown when Beowulf went with his men to fight a monster so he could help his father repay his debt. Beowulf’s father Ecgtheow had started a rivalry. The king Hrothgar helped stop the feud, “Ecgtheow acknowledged me with oaths of allegiance.
Paine also inspired many men to stay with his inspiration letter. ( Doc D 153). He also inspired me. My friend also died in front of me and told me this before he took his last breath, “ Win this war for me. Avenge me and get the people their freedom for me.
There are an insane number of Americans that volunteer to be in our military every year. Why do you think there is so many that continue to volunteer for our military and choose to serve our country? What do you think is their reasoning or motivation behind their choice of entering the military? Do you think they have selfish or personal reasons for making the decision that they did? Or do you think that they made the choice they did because they honestly just want to service our country because they think it is the right thing to do?
Many time we are asked why we do the things we do. What is our motivation for the things we do? Does someone tell us it do it or do we do it because it’s fun? You can find motivation in many strange and different things. Motivation can be derived from family or friends, personal interest, and even conflict.
As said by Tomy Beta, “you are the fairytale told by your ancestors.” This quote is directly referring to the importance of ancestry and how it plays a part in a person's life, and the way they are perceived by others. In Beowulf, this idea of ancestry proves to be one of the biggest ways Beowulf finds his identity, and achieves his goals. Ancestry, in this sense, is not only a part of your life, but a part of your past and future generations. Additionally, the way a person is perceived can be tied to their motivation in pursuing heroic acts.
“In Anglo-Saxon culture and literature, to be a hero was to be a warrior. A hero had to be strong, intelligent, and courageous” (Dogra 79). Furthermore, he had to be an honorable warrior who did not cower at the thought of an impossible battle. Rather, he trudged forward, prepared to the rattle cages of the strongest, evilest, and most damnable villains known to men. He personifies strength, loyalty, and bravery.