In Heywood Broun’s “The Fifty-First Dragon,” local coward Gawaine le Cœur-Hardy evolves to an influential knight through the use of an enchanted word. Sword in hand, he traverses the land cleaving heads off of numerous dragons. Although most can’t relate to Gawaine’s achievements, slaying dragons doesn’t make one invincible to personality faults. Throughout all of this, I could find three personality traits that I could relate to, in agreeable or disagreeable ways. Gawaine and I may share similar traits such as laziness and forgetfulness, however, we contrast greatly with our athletic abilities.
Legendary fantasy author, J.R.R Tolkien in his novel The Hobbit, implies that Sting, the weapon carried by our protagonist, Bilbo Baggins, symbolizes his heroism, courage, and determination. He develops this idea by first introducing the sword as an indirect result of him trying to pickpocket a troll. It is discovered when Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves defeat the trolls, and sift through their treasure trove. He finds the dagger, and although it is insignificant for a time, it later comes of use when Bilbo is forced to defend himself from the devilish Gollum. However, it’s not until Chapter 8, where Bilbo slays the spider, and renames the sword ‘Sting’.
Michael Shermer, a science writer and historian of science said, “Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not.” In J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, the main protagonist, joins a group of dwarves to recover their lost, forgotten gold from Smaug the dragon. Joseph Campbell’s A Hero with a Thousand Faces, he states that many legendary heros follow a pattern in their adventures. Matthew Winkler has his own ideas of the heroic quest pattern, stating the hero's follow a pattern of eleven stages. Both The Hobbit and the heroic journey have similar elements with departure, initiation and then return.
Believing in yourself is better than believing in false hopes or actions. This can happen because being self-confident is greater than believing in something that is not true. In the Fifty-First Dragon by Heywood Broun, Gawaine le Coeur-Hardy gets sent to kill dragons and gets a fake magic word to protect him from dragons. This word boosts his self-confidence because he believes he can do anything when he can say that word. This word gave Gawaine more confidence in the end of the story when he realized it was fake.
In my opinion, the Dragon is Grendel’s biggest influence. It started with the Shaper’s songs in Chapter 3, the song made Grendel felt like he was torn apart by poetry, even all of them are lies but the Shaper made it all seem true. His mind was confused between the lies and the truth that he knew. With that problem, the Dragon is the one who explained everything he knew to Grendel. After Grendel talked with the Dragon and discovered the charm that the Dragon put on him, Grendel started to change himself into what that Dragon encouraged him to be “brute existent”.
Acclaimed author Stephenie Meyer once said, “Sometimes the best hiding place is the one that's in plain sight” (AZ Quotes). Inigo, from William Goldman’s The Princess Bride, is an excellent example of a hero hiding in plain sight. Though some of Inigo’s fellow characters are flashier in their heroic actions, such as Westley and Buttercup, Inigo displays the true characteristics of the hero archetype. William Goldman makes Inigo the hero; though his heroic traits and actions are subtle, they are of the utmost importance. Goldman writes Inigo with several of the classic traits of the hero archetype.
Life is a learning experience which most of the time requires one to change. In the book, The Hobbit, Bilbo undergoes a very positive change of poltroon to a gallant and adventurous little hobbit. Three instances of this occurring are when he goes to pick-pocket the trolls, when he finds a way into the mountain, and his fight with the giant spider. The first instance that begins to advance Bilbo’s personality is when he decides to pickpocket the trolls. This is a major turning point in the book because it is the first instance in Bilbo’s life that he actually has to be brave.
Loyalty is shown as well it proves how not everyone has your back. The importance and pride that warriors take on their duty and reputation. Beowulf is an optimistic poem with heroic and evil figures who shows us the super natural events. Grendel is a monster who stays near the grand hall where Hrothgar is the king. “A powerful monster, living down in the darkness.
What is great about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is that the poem tends to deal with the problematic nature of courage throughout. Courage can be defined in many ways, but the author of Sir Gawain: Cowardyse and the Fourth Pentad, Valerie Allen, really hits the nail on the head with her definition of courage. Courage in her opinion is “A Virtue central to Knighthood” (ALLEN). In the 14th Century, there was a huge public recognition of courage, people wanted to be recognised as possessing it. The Character who possesses the most courage in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is most definitely Sir Gawain
Finally, he shows his powers of fire and building by capturing a dragon and using it to his team’s advantage. Leo shows loyalty to his friends, emotions about his mother, and intelligence and talent in his own way. He not only uses his abilities to protect himself, but to help and defend those he cares