In the epic poem, Beowulf, the central character Beowulf demonstrates qualities of a hero, such as bravery, loyalty, and strength. Throughout the text, Beowulf is acknowledged for his heroic deeds and great defeats. He takes on challenges and sacrifices himself to protect his people. In traditional oral poetry, a theme is “a group of ideas regularly used in telling a tale in a formulaic style of a traditional song” (Lord, Singer,68). The theme of battle between Beowulf and Grendel shows Beowulf’s courage, as he relies on God and puts his life on the line to defeat Grendel for the greater good.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are two books in which the duo of Death and War have an omnipresent influence. War being the powerful wife with all the power and Death being the quiet husband who would not dare to defy his wife. The Book Thief and Fahrenheit 451 are two of their many children. And their parent's influence is ever-present throughout them. Hence wherever there is war, there is death, and apparent factor in both Fahrenheit 451 and The Book Thief; however, the reactions from each protagonist toward these topics drastically change the outcomes of both novels.
When death takes his godson, his godson was “unable to resist and was obligated to follow death” and no matter how the godson tried to escape/trick death “[he] fell forever into the hands of Death”. Because the godson could not control his fate with death, it shows that death is more forceful than all man, even his godson. The book ends with the lesson that death can not be resisted and if death decides to take a person, the person will have no option but to go with death and, pass away. Altogether, Godfather death, the theme of death is applied to teach the simple facts of death. This story is beneficial because it can be used as a tool to teach children about death.
For example “ The grey bearded lord of the Geats ended those flying burning raids forever” (pg 68 lines 792-794). The imagery in this quote shows the great king old but still very brave. he is showing that his pride and fame will overwhelm even the fact that he is not as strong and young as he used to be. As Beowulf approaches to begin to tussle against the ferocious dragon. He quotes “ Id use no sword, no weapon if this beast can be killed without it
During the last battle, Beowulf takes the victory however he is wounded and dies. The following quote: “This monster himself, our mighty king, fight this battle alone and unaided.” shows how other men portray Beowulf. The result of heroism in both Beowulf and Antigone result in death. Each of these stories shows the reason for a God or multiple God’s. Although the readers primarily focus on the bravery portrayed in each of these texts the readers do not focus on the evil.
As stated by Katniss Everdeen herself, “At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead. The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.” Both Beowulf and Katniss had to put aside their pride, remain selfless and have the courage and bravery to save their people on multiple occasions. These two heroes endured many hardships, challenges and rough patches, but they came out victorious in the end. As well as the epic of Beowulf, The Hunger Games is an excellent example of the twelve- Step Vogler model of the Monomyth. Many stages of the hero’s twelve-step journey is uncovered explicitly in the movie The Hunger Games.
Beowulf is willing to put his life on the line to avenge a life for the nation he cares about and protects. He continues speaking of his ideology to avenge deaths: “When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark” (1387-1388). “When a warrior is gone” refers to death of a Viking, and “bulwark” seems to take on the definition of encouragement in time of need, as coping with death is a challenging time. Beowulf may mean that after someone dies, that will act as the best inspiration to the remaining kin to honor that person’s life. After someone dies, his memory is all that remains, so that propels his kinsmen to act rather than woefully drown in tears.
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A significant amount of being a hero involves physically fighting. One could say since Achilleus is fighting and presenting a hope of victory for the Argives then he is portrayed as more heroic. However, hero’s are praised for their selflessness in battle and their good hearts, not acting on anger and revenge. Patroklos sets a good example of a hero, with such empathy for his countrymen he says, “… such grief has fallen upon the Achaians. For all those who were before the bravest in battle are lying up among the ships with arrow or spear wounds” (XVI 22), and then pleading with Achilleus to let him go into battle.
They admire him more than any modern man, and they cherish him more than any noble warrior will ever be praised. Without turning towards his dying men, the scoundrel flees like a coward to escape the inevitable, fate. How can an ordinary man, even one that has challenged the gods, fierce warriors, and the most dangerous monsters, dodge the same destiny that everyone must face. He is sacred to the gods and the man is the glory of Olympus. Because of him, I am trapped in the underworld as my deceased corpse sinks to the bottom of Scylla, the robust
These characteristics make Beowulf a hero. Beowulf’s traits help make Beowulf the epic hero of this myth. Beowulf’s bravery helps him defeat the mystical creatures. When Beowulf fights Grendel’s mother, it seems like all hope is lost before he kills her with the magical sword. Even though the odds were not in his favor, he never gave up.