The first trait of a hero we will look at is leadership. All three heroes showed leadership in some way in each of their respective tales. Beowulf showed leadership throughout his story by taking charge against the monster Grendel. Grendel had been terrorizing a distant land, by eating people, for twelve years. The people of the land called upon Beowulf to help.
He is prideful and believes himself above others. Robin Hood brings him down a notch and when King Richard returns he humbles him even more. He forces him to work on the royal rock pile for the rest of his days. Before his death in the Lion King, Scar is the prideful ruler of the pridelands. Simba challenges him and knocks him off his high horse humbling him just in time for his death.
The definition of a hero has evolved over time. According to Merriam Webster Online Dictionary, the first definition of a hero is, “a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability.” In The Odyssey, written by Homer, Odysseus is a hero according to this definition. Odysseus is a hero because he used his strength to overcome tough circumstances. Odysseus battles many mortals, immortals, monsters, and even gods.
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.
Odysseus's new life is him wanting to be able to live out his days with Penelope in peace “We’ve both suffered. I will never leave you again, except to fulfill the prophecy given me by the ghost of Tiresias on the shores of death.” (book 23, pg 234). The second to last part of the hero's cycle is resolution which is basically odysseus killing the suitors who have been torching his soon and trying to court his wife for the last 20 years. After he has killed the suitors and dealt with their families he to a extent has
“His mind was in turmoil/unaccustomed anxiety and gloom/confused his brain; the fire-dragon/ had raised the coastal region and reduced/forts and earthworks to dust and ashes/so the war-king planned and plotted his revenge” (Heaney 2331-2336). Beowulf knows he will be able to defeat the dragon, but this fight is different comparing to Grendel and Grendel’s mother. “The glittering sword/infallible before that day/failed when he unsheathed it, as it never should have” (Heaney 2584-2586). All of the swords are breaking and he gets bit by her causing him to have a poison in his neck. Evil is towering over, and no one is able to save Beowulf until Wiglaf his only warrior who stay behind helps him out.
While Odysseus was shooting his bow in a disguise to win the marriage of Penelope, Odysseus shot a man to show that this is not ok, “Odysseus’ arrow hot him under the chin and punched up the feathers through his throat,” (1234-1235). Odysseus killed a man for trying to win his wife and take over his throne when his son should have taken the throne. This matters because he is showing himself to the kingdom after his long adventure not taking this lightly. Also, when Odysseus and his men were trapped in a cave with a Cyclops who wouldn’t let Odysseus’ men out, Odysseus stepped up and “the way they make soft iron hale and hard just so that eyeball hissed around the spike,”(388-387). Odysseus stabbed the Cyclops in the eye making the eyeball hiss and making the Cyclops blind.
He comes to Hrothgar, the result of a familial loyalty because Hrothgar helped Beowulf's father out of a difficult spot many years before. Ridding the kingdom of Grendel and his mother fulfills his duty as a hero. Beowulf rounds out his epic qualities by proving himself to be a capable ruler. He clearly does not want power, as he initially refuses the throne of his country and only becomes king when it's clear there is no other option.
In J.R.R Tolkien’s book, the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins goes on a long, treacherous journey to retrieve the dwarves’ treasure from the dragon, Smaug. Bilbo is terrified to go on this adventure, but is soon persuaded to go. This story is an epic that states all of the steps of a Hero’s Journey. With this being said, the three steps of the Hero’s Journey” are the departure, the initiation, and the return. Through Bilbo’s misadventures, he goes through all of these steps; him and all of his companions learn throughout the journey.
Somewhere in the range of 50 years after the fact, Beowulf 's kin are assaulted by a mythical beast. Beowulf meets the mythical serpent in battle, and however he executes it, bites the dust in the fight. Without his security the Geats are invade by the Swedes from the north and tribes from the
Dylan Monroe 09/17/17 Schroder English 4 standard Beowulf is an epic poem about our hero Beowulf fighting monsters. This epic was made by monks in 1000 AD. Beowulf is sent out at first to kill a monster named Grendel, this monster’s fight takes place in Grendel's dining hall. The second fight is with Grendel's mother in her home or the swamp. Beowulf's third and last fight is with the dragon which beowulf is unfortunately killed in.
Beowulf follows the mythological/archetypal Hero Quest, but the unknown author still manages to throw in surprises to keep the readers on their toes. The basic mythological Hero’s Quest, most often, has twelve main sections throughout each story. The traditional components being the call to adventure, accepting the call, and the archetypes developed in the hero’s journey. However, Beowulf does not follow most of the traditional mythological Hero’s Quest. The unknown author creates Beowulf's outside the box story through his own words.
Compare and Contrast In both Grendel and Beowulf, Beowulf is perceived as a warrior who ultimately ended Grendel's life. However, there are different standpoints of the way Beowulf acted and how he took Grendel's life. From both books, you can see the likeness and also the differences in which Beowulf made himself out to be in the book Beowulf and how he was actually seen by Grendel in Grendel.