Olden heros had strict guidelines as to what would make them a hero. They must have showed strength by power, gone through a hard fight, and in the end triumphed. There wasn't much leeway with kinds of heros, most heros were all had very similar story lines. However, today is the complete opposite. Nowadays, potentially anyone could be considered a hero.
Throughout the years, Beowulf has been compared to many modern day super heroes. However, the super hero that Beowulf is most easily compared to is Superman. Although there are multiple differences amongst these two characters, there are a few similarities as well. Such similarities exist in appearances, as well as supernatural qualities. Moreover, Beowulf and Superman are both portrayed as heroes for their time.
What Defines a Hero? Throughout history many different definitions of heroes have been present. Whether you look at how our culture defines a hero, how the epic poem, “The Odyssey,” defines a hero, how the Bible defines a hero, or how you define a hero. The word hero may mean something to one person but for another person it may mean something else. Our culture has defined the word hero in many different ways one way defines it as a mythological or legendary figure, later expanded to include principal male characters in dramatic works (Boyd).
Beowulf and Gilgamesh are both prominent people in their societies, and are considered to be leaders. Though both characters share this responsibility, Beowulf and Gilgamesh have very different styles of leadership and are regarded differently by their people. Beowulf is thought of as a very noble hero and a great king because of his important qualities of determination, fearlessness, and selflessness. He came from afar to help people that he did not know purely because he knew he had the necessary skills and wanted to provide safety and relief. Beowulf explains his intentions to destroy the creatures that haunt the Danes: "They have seen my strength for themselves,/ Have watched me rise from the darkness of war,/ Dripping with my enemies' blood.
Page 2 of 3 ZOOM Anderson 1Nathan AndersonMrs. OrfanedesEnglish 4 Honors NCVPS8 February 2018Is Beowulf a Hero?Beowulf is the main character and epic hero of one of the oldest pieces of literature recorded in the English language. In order to be held at such high esteem his traits as a hero are strong and represent what the poets of the time idealized in a hero. Beowulf’s qualities, those being his brawn, faith, and courageousness, exemplify why Beowulf is considered to be one of the best heroes to date.To start, any good hero has to have certain physical capabilities that set them apart, Beowulf is no exception. If this weren’t the case, who would be able to defeat monsters that seem larger than life?
The evolution of hero is different for each story. A hero might be a god or goddess or just a person with a sword who has an amazing skill. Who is Beowulf? Beowulf is a hero from Denmark who save Hrothgar, the king of Danes from the monster Grendel. Who is Achilles?
Beowulf and Batman are heroes that are very flexible with things and they share the same characteristics. Beowulf displays many characteristics throughout his adventurous journey. Strength was the first characteristic that I applied to this strong beast. (3 Examples) (1) In the first battle with mankind’s enemy, it was the
Their similarities are found in the symbolic nature their battles, the characteristics of being an epic hero and even the way they pass on leadership. When Beowulf battles Grendel, it is closely similar to how Superman’s fight with General Zod is shown. Both Zod and Grendel want to terrorize the sacred place that the heroes, Superman and Beowulf, want to protect. Another similarity would be that both defeated their threats with bare hand handed combat because of the immense strength both Beowulf and Superman had. Though they have different personalities, what both share is that both are honorable, brave and determined to push to the end of the mission without
Heroes are to uphold all of the best values and traits one could have. Beowulf is held high in society due to his courageous attempts to help and defeat various monsters. Beowulf is held so highly in society as a warrior that later he becomes a wise and effective ruler. “When the hero arrives in his own land, Higelac treats him as a distinguished guest. He is the hero of the hour.
He is considered a hero because he fits under each of these qualities. He risks his life and is courageous because he fights off the monsters. He is goes the extra mile for Hrothgar by going to kill Grendel's mother and the dragon. This is what makes a hero a hero. The first commemoration asked by Beowulf to have done is to have a tomb made for his body.