The two epic poems show many similarities in the presentation of their values. Throughout the poems there are some significant values being described such as the relationships between the characters, the courage of the men, and the respect they have and carry. These values work together to put importance on being someone that keeps and remains true to their word. The epic poem, Beowulf, describes the most heroic man of the Anglo-Saxon times (GÓMEZ-CALDERÓN). The hero, Beowulf, was an amazing warrior with all the unusual values required by a hero.
It is evident from the beginning of the poem that Beowulf is meant to be the hero. He is strong, brave, and courageous but is also boastful and seeks only fame and glory. These characteristics are examples of things that could be related to hyper masculinity and are not necessarily desired in a hero today. In the quote “They have seen my strength for themselves, Have watched me rise from the darkness of war, Dripping with my enemies' blood. I drove Five great giants into chains, chased All of that race from the earth.
Traits such as honor, valor, respect and bravery all come very easily to Beowulf. Although Beowulf has all of these qualities he completes such traitorous, dangerous feats for all of the wrong reasons. From these tasks, Beowulf expects everlasting glory, fame, and above all immortality. Elements such as friendship, loyalty, generosity and bravery were quintessential in Anglo-Saxon society. The most important being loyalty, without it the whole system would crumble.
Ambition can drive almost anyone to do things that their consciences normally would not let them do. For this tragic hero, ambition is his folly. Macbeth’s ambition causes him to be susceptible to outsides influences, overrides his conscience and ultimately brings his destruction. Macbeth’s actions have a profound effect on his character for the rest of the play. At first, he is described as a valiant hero of the land, bravely fighting for King Duncan, but his overreaching ambition causes him to do vile acts, completely overriding his conscience.
They were also people who fought for themselves and for their own honor. Homeric heroes were arrogant, self-centered and were inconsiderate for others. These characteristics show how they are untrustworthy and how they are concerned about their honor. Lastly, Homeric Heroes have great warrior skills by living in a time where
Beowulf, the defender of Hrothgar and Heorot, exhibits much more sophisticated (and less sincere) reminder revenge than the Grendels mother. At the tip of the day, Beowulfs goal is to become the greatest mortal altogether the land. In his society, the sole thanks to gain such widespread celebrity is thru lionhearted and self-endangering acts. Beowulf masks these deeds with a fade of seeking revenge; he purportedly involves Heorot to save lots of the Danes from Grendels terror, however his true motives dwell turning into a hero. His reward isn't the pride of doing an honest deed; Beowulf is rewarded with lavish and pricey gifts.
Alexander Hamilton once said, “There is a certain Enthusiasm in liberty that makes Human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” Beowulf is an epic poem in which the main character Beowulf did acts of service, but he fought for those who couldn’t fight. The overall theme of good versus evil in Beowulf had Beowulf dealing with challenges that no ordinary man would be able to handle unless they were a true epic hero. Throughout the poem Beowulf proves to be an epic hero by his strength, bravery, and sacrifice. Beowulf is an epic hero because of his strength. His strength isn’t the same as an ordinary man, “He twisted in pain and the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder snapped muscle and on split and broke” (lines 337-340).
There always seems to be a brave man of distinguished courage, admired throughout the centuries for his deeds and qualities. There always seems to be a hero to follow. Usually it is a person exemplifying remarkable feats and ideals of the society. Undoubtedly, the mere concept of a hero has dramatically changed over time, just as the morals and values did. Our ancestors used to admire Beowulf, and we strive to bear at least a slight resemblance to Superman, Ironman or other comic book characters.
A seeker flees from their dragon like how Hercules did, up until he changed his was because he knew Meg was in trouble. Hercules’ task was to make himself appear as a god to everyone. A seeker’s task is to be true with the deeper self like Hercules did when winning everyone's trust and love back by being himself. His virtue is hard work to achieve what he wants just like how a seeker's virtue is ambition. Hercules does this in many ways like when he tries to do what he can to defeat each monster that comes in his path.
From his parents, he barely gained the warmth of being in a complete family. As Ponyboy said, “His father was always beating him up, and his mother ignored him, except when she was hacked off at something, and then you could hear her yelling at him clearly down at our house. He hates that worse than getting whipped…If it hadn’t been for the gang, Johnny would never have known what love and affection are” (Hinton P.12), we can clearly known that Johnny’s parents were extraordinarily violent to Johnny. Due to the charac- teristic of Johnny’s father, the hereditary gene of violence affected fixed some of Johnny’s personal- ity. Also, Johnny was only the one who serves as a vent to his parents’ anger.
He states, “If Hector does not feel my battering spear/ tear the life out of him, making him pay/ in his own blood for the slaughter of Patroclus…(28-30).” As a Greek, he must take action against anyone who shows disrespect. He did not kill for glory, like Beowulf, but instead for selfish reasons. Although the epic heroes come from different cultures, they were both considered the strongest and greatest warrior. In Beowulf, the narrator states, “Follower and the strongest of the Geats, greater/ And stronger than anyone anywhere in this world…(108-111).” This clearly shows Beowulf is magnificent warrior with immense strength. He was believed to be the greatest warrior to walk the Earth.