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).
Beowulf claims before each battle that he will either win or die trying. He never backs down from a fight, or show signs of being scared. During the fight with Grendel, Beowulf faces the monster weaponless without any hesitation. When a dragon attacks his land, Beowulf attacks it even though it had been fifty years since his last battle. Another trait that Beowulf exhibits is prowess in battle.
They say that is for their benefit, but really that they are selfish and they want the food and drink for themselves. Without it, they would not fulfill their duties. On page 52, the author states, “Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back!” The animals are being put in the position is which they fear the one that abused they came back. This type of propaganda technique is very effective because it motivates the subjects by fear.
He gives up on a useless weapon and attacks the terrifying monster with his bare hands. He uses his inner physical strength to defeat the dragon, with his own hands being his only aid in battle. His physical strength is described in the passage “My lord Higlac might think less of me as I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to, if I hid behind some broad linen shield. My hands alone shall fight for me.” (248-252). Beowulf, like other heroes, wants to prove his strength and toughness.
Though innocent of the thievery, Beowulf must defend his people and his kingdom. This third encounter is high tragedy, for Beowulf is no longer a naive adolescent, confident in the power of his arms, but an old man who knows this battle will be his last. During this final battle is left with only one person to stand by him as every other warrior has fled. With the help of this lone warrior Beowulf is able to defeat the dragon, but not before being mortally
Macbeth went to drastic measures to to kill king duncan “act 2 scene 2” after had done this Macbeth didn’t feel any sign of completion or relief it is something that haunted him. e.g. Macbeth later on see’s the bloody dagger levitating the Dagger pointing towards the chambers. Paragraph 2: In the start of the play Macbeth is soldier who loyally fight for the king. After winning the battle Macbeth’s bravery stood out among other soldier as his success and bravery he was promoted.
In the beginning of the play Macbeth is described by his sergeant as a brave and courageous warrior that cuts his enemies in half and puts their heads on pikes (1.2.16-21). This gruesome scene displays Macbeth’s courage through his willingness to go into the heat of the battle without fear and do whatever it takes to defeat his opponent. In contrast, near the end of the play, Macbeth fights relentlessly with Macduff to eliminate him once and for all; however he does not not succeed and dies fighting (5.8.27-34). This anticlimactic scene still displays Macbeth’s courage through his stamina and unwillingness to quit, by fighting to the death. Macbeth’s courage is displayed through his skills as a relentless and tenacious
This act is seen as courageous by the Danes because to do this Beowulf had “Came ... from the depths, droves of sea-beasts. Who attacked with tusks and tore at his chain-mail” (Heaney 1510-1511). Not only did he leave the and and forced himself into an uncomfortable situation by having to defeat a monster in the water with other sea monsters attacking him, but he killed a beast that was considered to be extremely powerful. Additionally, a hero must be willing to risk their life to protect the community. Beowulf did this by knowing that fate will not be on his side with his battle against the dragon, but risking his life because no other person has a better chance of defeating the dragon.
Gilgamesh was filled with sorrow because of the death of Enkidu, but he left his own people just for their own progress. Its mission is based on selfishness and greed. Conversely, Hector left his family to fight Achilles. Andromache told Hector that Achilles had killed his father, his brother and took his mother as a slave. Hector was selfish and filled with too much pride to stay at home and not fight.
Beowulf feels that it is necessary to kill the dragon, but by taking down his son he also took his life doing it. The Epic, explains that the dragon attempts to attack the geats but has nothing in relation to Beowulf. All the dragon is an enemy that Beowulf has to face to complete his dream of dying a
Beowulf battles monsters like Grendel who triumph his size and devour men who nobly fought in battle. The odds seem unlikely for a regular man; however, Beowulf is not like most men. Another trait of Beowulf includes his loyalty to his friends and family. Beowulf leaves his country to travel to an unknown land to defeat a monster who could kill him. He has the loyalty to this country which he has not even stepped foot on it.