Before we can truly decide whether Sir Gawain and Beowulf are heroes, we must first analyze the specific and ideal requirements to be a true hero. The previously mentioned definition gives three requirements to be a true and ideal hero; they are as follows: A true hero must be courageous, have outstanding achievements, and have noble qualities. If an individual perfectly embodies these standards, they are an ideal hero. We will start by discussing what it means to be
Beowulf and Odysseus are two famous epic heroes in the texts Beowulf and The Odyssey. They both go through the “Hero’s Journey,” and display many characteristics of a hero. Beowulf, however, better fits the qualities of an epic hero due to his unselfish personality, his fearlessness, and his nobility. One reason Beowulf is the better epic hero is because his intentions and motives were selfless. He always fought to save the people, not for glory or treasures.
Consider how the theme of courage is treated in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a story that celebrates courage in a positive light in the majority of situations but we see that courage can have a negative impact on some of the characters in the story and it questions knighthood. Courage is an honourable term defined “The ability to do something that frightens one; bravery:” (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/courage) and for Gawain to be called this term defines him as a knight. His actions throughout the story makes it difficult to analyse how courage is treated in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. A lot of Gawain’s experiences shape the theme of courage in this story and can make it
• I’ve learned in this unit, three universal characteristics of a hero. One characteristic is some type of special powers not necessarily things like super strength or Flying but hospitality and friendliness or the will to help others could be considered special powers or something even greater to save the day. Also, hero's lineage is often noble or linked to the gods meaning their family history is a heroic one. Lastly Hero's tending to be adventurous and strong they and often times are born this way. 2.
In this poem the epic qualities that are evident is the plot is center around a hero, involves a deed which needs either super strength or valor, is set in multiple locations, involves some type of supernatural or powerful forces, is able to sustain the style, and the narrator is able to see from all perspectives. The poem is center around Beowulf, from it telling the reader of his family tree to where he came from. The deeds that Beowulf gets accomplish of defeating Grendel does require Beowulf to be stronger that the average person and to have more courage or valor. The conquest that Beowulf is most remember for is defeating Grendel and that is set in Heorot halls, however that location is not the only place of the epic. Beowulf had to
Heroes have always been a part of the human caricature. Although, these heroes have not always been categorized in a similar way. Ideas about heroism changed from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Middle English period by the hero becoming a man with characteristics other than being brave. First, as the reader can view in Beowulf, a hero is someone that is a well-spoken, stronger-than-life, and an invulnerable man. Demonstrated in lines 197-203, Beowulf (the hero of the Anglo-Saxon period) is described as the “mightiest” man on Earth; he is also considered “highborn” and “powerful.” These are some of the necessary traits a hero needs to the Anglo-Saxons.
“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” -Arthur Ashe. What makes someone a hero? A question often addressed in literature, media, and art, as well as by people themselves. The typical idea of “heroism” tends to bring to mind an image of a superhero or someone who saves many lives, but does being heroic always involve having superpowers or putting yourself in danger to save others?
The way Beowulf chooses to describe the Danish king is very notable; the words he use have a very deliberate effect on one’s idea of Hrothgar as a leader. Interestingly, Beowulf describes Hrothgar as a “shelterer of warriors”, emphasizing this protective, almost nurturing side of him rather than his power or his wealth (185). The fact that this is what he chooses to point out in his praising of Hrothgar seems to show how important this aspect of leadership is to him, and presumably to the Danes as well. It shows that despite the fact that ideas such as strength and skill are often associated with warriors such as the Anglo-Saxons, they are not the only important idea in this kind of society. Furthermore, despite the fact that Hrothgar is the king of the Danes, Beowulf calls him his “people’s loved friend” (185).
According to Joseph Cambell, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Any everyday person can become a hero as long as they have used their life for something important or special. A hero is somebody who is brave and passionate by putting others before themselves and do not act cowardly in hard situations and continue to face challenges to help others. Heroes put others before themselves to help their society. This is also considered as sacrificing which is another major part of being a hero. For example, in the documentary “The Man With The Red Bandana” it shows a young man escaping one of the towers in the 9/11 attacks but sacrificing his life and going back to help other innocent lives and unfortunately dying in the process.
Antiheroes and heroes both fight for a cause but the hero has the luck while the antihero fights with little or no luck. Beowulf was the hero for the Danes, and Grendel the Antihero for himself and his
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.