Beowulf’s Courage Makes an Epic Hero A good example of an epic hero is from the epic poem Beowulf, written by Seamus Heaney, focusing on the titular character Beowulf because he is known for his courage which is used to create more characteristics that an epic hero should have. The best place to start is with an example of Beowulf valuing his courage, where Jones reminds the reader “Beowulf himself speaks to this importance of courage when arguing with Unferth” (Jones 3). Another good example is in the packet The Middle Ages: The Epic Hero, where Jones states that an epic hero “has 12 main characteristics, including being strong, courageous, and self-sacrificing” (Jones 2). First of all, Beowulf’s courage helps him have the strength to be in a battle against his enemies. For instance, before fighting with Grendel, Beowulf says “Unarmed he shall face me / if face me he dares.
First, Odysseus and his men are trapped in the cave of Polyphemos, the Cyclops and son of Poseidon. The only way to escape is by having the Cyclops move the gigantic stone out of the doorway. Odysseus decides to trick Polyphemos into doing so. He gets Polyphemos very drunk, so he is oblivious to what Odysseus is doing. When the Cyclops is asleep, Odysseus drew out the very caustic and scorching hot wood stake he carved earlier.
Odysseus created an escape plan when he and his men got trapped inside the cave of a deadly Cyclops who had already eaten two of his men. Odysseus kept his cool and devised a plan to hide under the sheep of the Cyclops who were let out of the cave every morning.These actions had an effect on his men, filling them with respect. These are the kinds of actions that make Odysseus an epic hero. The faults of a person may also contribute to them becoming an epic hero. Odysseus’s large ego is one of his faults.
This shows an act of foolishness as leader because he did not notify his men of the dangerous obstacle coming towards him, but just keeps put to leave his men to fend for themselves. An example of Odysseus’ arrogance is when Odysseus brags to Cyclops and yells out, “O Cyclops! Would you feast on my companions? Puny am I, in a Caveman’s hands? How do you like the beating that we gave you…” (L. 390-392).
“Cyclops if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laertes’ son, whose home’s on Ithaca (Book 9 .416-419).” These were the words of Odysseus as he decides to taunt the great and mighty Polyphemus. Odysseus was brave enough to taunt Polyphemus which was a risky move since Polyphemus is the son of Poseidon. “We felt a pressure
Ask yourself this question: are you loyal to the law? Do you think the law deserves loyalty from you? The character Odysseus in the novel The Odyssey , by Homer, is in a similar situation. That is, does Odysseus deserve loyalty from his crew? After fighting 10 years in the trojan war, Odysseus begins his lengthy journey home.
A hero is someone who is revered for his or her exceptional achievements and bravery. Anyone who puts themselves before others not for recognition or an award, but because it is the right thing to do, is a true hero. In "The Odyssey," written by Homer is an epic poem about a man named Odysseus and his crewmates competing against the power of the gods to return to their homeland, Ithaca. Throughout his journey, he loses almost all of his men, but Odysseus finally arrives home, concluding his prolonged twenty-year voyage. Odysseus must battle the suitors that have taken his wife Penelope, and may soon kill his son Telemachus.
He smelled human blood. He turned around and looked he was behind him and nothing. Gilgamesh was the other way behind him and stabbed him behind him and got his craws ready and scratched him but he missed. Next thing you knpow they srated the fight. The huge m9onster got stabbed 3 times and even cut his arm and still wont die.
Irony is often thought of as entertaining, but it also serves a different purpose. In the play of Sophocles titled Oedipus the King, irony is present in every scene, if not every line. When the protagonist runs away to avoid killing his father and marrying his mother, only to kill his father on the road and go on to marry his mother, it can only be ironic. He is a brave and smart man. He killed four men by himself and outsmarted a Sphinx, and became the great king of the city he rescued from her claws.
Unferth taunts Beowulf, calling him vain and foolish for challenging Breca, who now has his own land, and has followers who love him. He also suggests that if Beowulf could not win a simple swimming competition, that he would “pay a heavy price” for taking on Grendel (18). Beowulf rebuttals Unferth claims, first by calling him drunk, but then by stating that he killed nine monsters and that “[n]either you nor Breca have yet dared such a deed with shining sword in battle” (20). Beowulf also asks Unferth if he is so brave why is Grendel is not dead yet then. The crowd is overjoyed by Beowulf’s confidence in defeating Grendel.
In example he had escaped the giant Polyphemus then yelled back at him which led to the cyclops to knowing where he is located, the cyclops picked up a gargantuan rock and hucked it towards the ship in which it just narrowly missed; he then continues to taunt the cyclops until he throws another rock which also very narrowly missed the ship. “‘ Foolish captain! Why must you continue to incite that monstrous cyclops?’” (Rosenberg, the crew). This proves of how foolish he is if his own crew of men are yelling it towards
When the suitors plan to kill Odysseus son, Telemachas, Odysseus speaks up to his men, “Friends, have we never been in danger before this? More fearsome, is it now, then when we faced the Cyclops.” Odysseus displays all the characters. In the chapter “Scylla and Charybdis” Odysseus and his men were frightened that Scylla and Charybdis would either beat them or eat them. He had to be a strong leader and convince his men that they needed to be brave. Odysseus put
The story would not be told today if Beowulf had not killed those horrible creatures. This story has lived on by people who have told the story to other people. They are fascinated by the story of Beowulf a brave and noble hero who fights to protect others. This story is unlike any other story because it is about a man who faces his fears head on. People loved him because he was courageous and he succeeded in his actions.
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.