Is Beowulf a Hero? The poem Beowulf, tells of great the great undertakings of Beowulf, a man who has defeated many ruthless monsters and seeks fame and glory. If we take Beowulf and compare him to the Anglo-Saxon ideal hero, Beowulf fills all the necessary requirements but, when compared to modern day standards, Beowulf doesn’t quite make the cut. In the modern day, selflessness is the ideal. It is evident from the beginning of the poem that Beowulf is meant to be the hero.
For Jason, he had the help of the gods. This shows that the Greek society had a stronger reliance on the gods. They needed a gods help, whereas Anglo-Saxon culture needed pure talent. In the story Medea, Medea only escaped because of the help from Helios, the sun god. Beowulf defeated Grendel and Grendel’s mother with only his pride leading the way.
Greek mythology illustrates many amazing stories of gods and heroes. The heroes are not often gods but are men. These men risk their life and display acts of courage, strength, and heart. Two of these Greek Mythology characters who share these characteristics are Jason and Odysseus. They were both heroes, the only difference is that they had different paths and obstacles to overcome.
A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, bravery, a strong warrior, a great leader, or their cunning to save the lives others. In the epic poem The Odyssey, written across generations and spoken by Homer, Odysseus is the king of the island Ithaca. He is struggling through a ten-year journey home after the Trojan War. Odysseus must battle, magical creatures and stand against the fury of the gods. Odysseus must either let his fate fall in the hands of death or prove himself to be a true hero.
The better epic hero is hector because he had significant and glorified by the people. Also he was a strong and responsible leader. He led the army to fight the Greeks because he did want to disappoint his father and to have peace for his country. Hector risk his life for his country in the end his life ended in big tragically for the country of Troy because Achilles killed him. Achilles was a epic hero too but, Hector had more character than Achilles because even though he had the same characteristic as Hector.
Christopher Reeve (AKA the 1978 superman) said that, “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”. Both Beowulf and Modern day heroes are similar in that way in that they fight for the common good of people. That quote from Christopher Reeves on what a modern day hero is, also applies to the epic hero qualities that Beowulf has. Similarly Beowulf and a modern day hero defeat an evil so that good can prevail. Some examples are, Beowulf Slaying Grendel and Grendel's mother to save the land of the Danes, and soldiers fighting enemies that threaten the lives of a country, and police officers putting criminals behind bars.
Hercules fell in love with the daughter of the king King Eurytus of Oechalia, Princess Iole. The king promised his daughter, Iole, to whoever could beat his sons in an archery contest. However, King Eurytus dishonored his promise and denied giving the hand of his daughter Princess Iole to Hercules, when he won his sons. Hercules ' intentions were rejected by the king and his sons, with the exception of one son and brother of Iole: Iphitus. Hercules killed the king and his sons, except Iphitus, and abducted Iole to become his wife.
The text describes Beowulf’s strength by stating, “But Beowulf longed only for fame leaped back into battle. He tossed his sword aside, angry; the steel-edged blade lay where he dropped it. If weapons were useless he’d use his hands, the strength in his fingers.” (457-462). Beowulf realizes that his sword is ineffective against the mighty mother of Grendel. He gives up on a useless weapon and attacks the terrifying monster with his bare hands.
These values contribute toward Beowulf's Fame and determine his decisions and actions. Sometime after Beowulf returns victorious from Denmark, his king and father figure dies in battle. The Queen, afraid her own son was not capable of protecting them from their enemies, offers the crown to Beowulf. Beowulf declines this offer. "But Beowulf refused to rule when his Lord's own son was alive."
Whereas, Atticus is respected though pushed away because of his opinions and Boo Radley because of his actions. Lee develops the idea to the reader than sometimes the outcasts of society are in many ways the hero even though they are viewed as scary or
Tybalt let his anger get the best of him, which caused him his life, Mercutio’s life, and Romeo’s banishment. After Romeo gets banished the climax rises because now it makes everything harder for him and Juliet. Whos gonna let their daughter marry someone who killed her cousin? Because of Romeo’s banishment Juliet is forced to fake her own death so she doesn’t have to marry Paris. But Romeo didn’t know it was fake so he Killed himself and Juliet ended up killing herself as well.
In the past prideful rulers have caused more destruction and downfall than anything. Having pride may be good, but having to much can be the downfall of man. In the play Antigone, King Creon being overyly prideful ultimately leads to the death of himself emotionally. Creon shows a couple of occasions when he has way to much pride; when Antigone and he sister are condemned to death for trying to give burial rights to their brother, but Creon has them arrested and does not care even though he is related to them. Because of that, it leads to the death of Antigone and also leaves Ismene without a family.
An epic hero is a character in an epic poem who is admired for large achievements and great deeds. Beowulf and Achilles are epic heroes for some of the same reasons, but their culture makes them different. The story of Beowulf was written in the fifth century, but was based around the time period of somewhere between the middle of the seventh century A.D. and the end of the tenth century. Beowulf wanted to help people when he could, even by risking his life. The story of Achilles fighting in the Troy war was written in the 4th century A.D. Achilles was very upfront about wanting glory from his people, he always didn’t want to help his people.