Beowulf was a considered an epic hero because he did great deeds and was of high importance. While heroes today aren’t usually princes or royalty, they are usually held to high respect like
Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon epic about a great warrior who values the Anglo-Saxon ideas of loyalty, personal indebtedness, fame, fate, and heroism. The epic is named after, and centered on, Beowulf and his quests; however, several other characters also reflect Anglo-Saxon values throughout the story. For example, King Hrothgar built “the best/ Of all mead-halls” (ll.145-146) so that his “men lived happy” (l. 15). Hrothgar built the mead-hall because he was indebted to his men who served and protected him. Meanwhile, Beowulf was indebted to Hrothgar because Hrothgar once defended Beowulf’s family.
He showed bravery, he used his strength against his enemies and in the end gave the ultimate sacrifice for his people. He strangled Grendel with his bare hands. He fought Grendel’s mother by himself with no hesitation and fought the dragon to the death but in doing so Beowulf gave his life for those he vowed to protect. Beowulf’s life story is a true epic hero that will be spoken for
His loyalty shows when he tries to inspire his fellow warriors to help Beowulf. “I remember that time when mead was flowing, how we pledged our loyalty to our lord in the hall… now the day has come when this lord we serve needs sound men.” (Beowulf 764). Wiglaf’s willingness to give his life for another shines though when Beowulf attempts to kill a dragon but seems to be losing the fight. Wiglaf in an attempt to inspire his men exclaims “As God as my witness I would rather my body were robbed in the same burning blaze as my gold-giver’s body than go back home bearing arms.” (Beowulf
Jake Christensen Teacher British Lit 6/22/17 Wiglaf Character Analysis There are many brave warriors in medieval literature. Some of these warriors included Sir Gawain and Sir Galahad who were members of the knights of the round table. These men showed humbleness, loyalty, and honor which are all attributes of a brave warrior, but the bravest warrior in medieval literature is definitely Wiglaf from the story Beowulf. Wiglaf is the embodiment of bravery because he shows humbleness, loyalty, and honor of the highest scale; Wiglaf is Beowulf’s bravest warrior. Being humble is one aspect of a brave warrior.
The poets and oral history were valued because they immortalized the greatest warriors and the Anglo-Saxons strived to be immortalized. Through this major societal push to be remembered and hold a legacy, the Anglo-Saxons valued warriors for the loyalty, strength, and courage they pursued. These values are important to Anglo-Saxon culture and to its literature. Beowulf, both the epic and the character, represents these values of loyalty, strength, and courage time and time as seen by the melded perspective of Anglo-Saxons and the Christian scribes in this piece of literature. Loyalty to the King and the warriors is seen as a sign of immortalizing character throughout the Anglo-Saxon history.
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.
Beowulf: The Admired Hero I. Introduction- Beowulf introduces himself to Hrothgar The story of Beowulf is told with a narrative tone that reveres the Danish-medieval culture which values strong family lineage, honor, and bravery. All of those traits will play a significant role in Beowulf’s favor with King Hrothgar as he introduces himself to the king as a fearless man of stature who vows to slay the demonic oppression caused by Grendel, and live up to the heroic standards of his ancestors. II. Beowulf gains favor with the king by establishing his lineage Beowulf comes before the Danish King Hrothgar to state his purpose for arriving to the kingdom unannounced. As Beowulf is petitioning before the king his ability to defend the kingdom from the monstrous attacks, the king interrupts with a reminiscent tone.
He claims that Beowulf has lost the swimming competition between him and Breca. This affects Beowulf because his reputation is vital to him. Beowulf fires back with a reminder that Unferth killed his own kin. “[...] and the forthright Unferth, admired by all for his mind and courage, although under a cloud for killing his brothers, reclined near the king” (1164-1167). To prove himself, Beowulf informs the King Hrothgar of his new expedition, killing Grendel.
Then, Beowulf gathers up enough strength to inflict a deadly stab to the dragon’s stomach. The text dictates: “They had killed the enemy, courage quelled his life; / that pair of kinsmen, partners in nobility, / had destroyed the foe. So every man should act, / be at hand when needed; but now, for the king, / this would be the last of many labors / and triumphs in the world” (2706-2711). With this statement in mind, it is indisputable that the symbolization of this onslaught consists of how no one can ever gain immortality; even the finest people must meet their end. To reemphasize, it is clear to see that Beowulf’s last and final dispute holds the utmost preponderance due to the fact that the dragon is able to kill him at
Yes. I do think that Macbeth had thought about being king before he had ran into the witches. I think this because the sergent was telling how Macbeth had killed the Macdonwald by splitting him from the belly button to the jaw. I think this raving of how Macbeth was great for killing this evil person made him feel accomplished and made him extremely happy. Soon after this sharing of news Duncan calls him a worthy gentlemen.