In today’s world, Beowulf is viewed as an irrelevant hero since he displays poor qualities of arrogance and selfishness. Beowulf reveals an act of arrogance throughout the epic poem Beowulf; therefore, it makes him an irrelevant hero. Beowulf claimed “that he needs no weapons and fears none” when fighting the monster. Stating that he can defeat a monster with his bare hands makes Beowulf very boastful. This quality of boastfulness expresses Beowulf’s thoughts on heroism.
Page 2 of 3 ZOOM Anderson 1Nathan AndersonMrs. OrfanedesEnglish 4 Honors NCVPS8 February 2018Is Beowulf a Hero?Beowulf is the main character and epic hero of one of the oldest pieces of literature recorded in the English language. In order to be held at such high esteem his traits as a hero are strong and represent what the poets of the time idealized in a hero. Beowulf’s qualities, those being his brawn, faith, and courageousness, exemplify why Beowulf is considered to be one of the best heroes to date.To start, any good hero has to have certain physical capabilities that set them apart, Beowulf is no exception. If this weren’t the case, who would be able to defeat monsters that seem larger than life?
Speaking in terms of the play Macbeth, Duncan-the king of Scotland- rules justly and fairly, but he still has plenty of traitors within his group of trusted men. Macbeth only becomes Thane of Cawdor, because of a traitor, but he himself later becomes a traitor. In the beginning it was easy for Macbeth to fight for his king and to honor the name of the man who ruled his land, but once he finds out his future, his entire mindset changes. Macbeth fights and wins a battle in favor for Scotland and king Duncan. A few hours after the battle, the Weird Sisters tell Macbeth what his future looks like.
After those hard fought battles, Beowulf ends with accepting his victories as well as his inevitable death. Grendel, a descendant of Cain (l.106), is the first personification of the fearsome and frightening image of physical evil. His own physical features are never described, leaving it to the imagination of the
“No weapons, therefore, for either this night: unarmed he shall face me of face me he dares” (683-685). This quote shows that he will face Grendel without weapons and just his hands. This makes him very courageous because he's sacrificing his life going against Grendel let alone without weapons things like this in what make people envy him. “If we want to figure out what a symbol might mean you have to use a variety of tools on it: questions, experience, preexisting knowledge” (Foster 107). When reading Beowulf you
Beowulf, being the first and the greatest hero of them all, he definitely sets high standards for a superhero demonstrating his super strength, his bravery and selflessness, and last but not least his boasting. Sacrificing his life to the very end gives him the honor for being the greatest because he just wanted the best for his people 's safety from all
Beowulf declares to his people: “This fight is not yours/ nor is it up to any man except me” (2532-33). Beowulf takes on full responsibility for the dragon because of his courage, which makes him fearless. Without this courage, the dragon would continue to destroy the town and kill the people and evil would be victorious. However, since Beowulf is around to step up to the fight, the people are saved even at the sacrifice of his own
Roland proudly refuses, saying that they need no help because the rear guard is strong enough to hold them. While Roland and the Franks fight hard, there's no way they can hold off the Saracens, based on sheer numbers. Almost all of Rolands men are dead and he knows that it's too late now to be saved, but he blows his oliphant anyway. The emperor sees what happened to his men and tries to avenge them. However, when Roland blew his horn he blew it so hard that his temples burst.
The martial code can be simply defined as the code of conduct that heroes must adhere to in battle. A man must never show mercy, never retreat and never exhibit cowardice.Diomedes “breaker of wild stallions”(cite) is a perfect example of the model soldier. When Sthenelus advises him to fall back, Diomedes responds “[n]ot a word of retreat. You’ll never persuade me. It’s not my nature to shrink from battle, cringe in fear with the fighting spirit still steady in my chest” (6.279-82).
In Antigone the new King Creon immediately abuses his power by ruling that Polyneices is to have no interment, even though he is heir of the former King and many believe him to be a warrior with honor. King Creon says, ”Polyneices, I say is to have no burial: no man is to touch him or say the least prayer for him: he shall lie on the plain, unburied: and the birds and the scavenging dogs can do with him whatever they like.” (Lines 43-46) This is an obvious corruption of power and an attempt to rule over others by force. It seems that he is trying to intimidate others to obey his edict to gain control by force. The misuse of power is how we see many leaders of the world behaving in the present
Beowulf insists on not battling with weapons because Grendel does not fight with one, and he wishes to battle on equal terms. Beowulf displays honor by fighting equally to the monster. Grendel is also charmed so weapons do not harm him; Beowulf does not know this though. "Not even the sharpest of swords could have cut it through, broken it off the monster 's arm and ended its life, as Beowulf had done armed only with his bare
Malcolm X would hold the complete opposite in views saying “Any time a shepherd, a pastor, teaches you and me not to run from the white man, and, at the same time, teaches us not to fight the white man, he’s a traitor to you and me” (Epps, 67). While these two viewpoints are vastly contradictive in their core beliefs alone, the feelings of these two men were emulated throughout the country. King Jr. believed that the only way to win was to show the country that any African American was just like any other White man or minority that lived here. Malcolm X sought to keep the segregation that was already intact and to instead build up the African American community through keeping to themselves and keeping out of the hatred and bigotry of the country. He believed that if people attacked his race then his race had the right to defend themselves.
“When men saw the Great Truth which is this: that all men are one and that there is no will save the will of all men together.” Equality 7-2521 lives in a world where the government bans all forms of individuality. For instance it is a sin to “think words no others think and to put them down upon paper no others are to see.” Equality was born with a curse “It has always given us wishes which men may not wish. We know that we are evil, but there is no will in us and no power to resist it. This is our wonder and ur secret fear, that we know and do not resist.” Alternative sins that Equality or any other individuals cannot encompass maybe, “To be born with a head which is too quick. It is not good to be different from our brothers, but it is evil to be superior to them.” Equality is a much more intelligent individual than the students that he associates with in the Home of the Students.
Romans believe that their gods are all powerful beings who don’t necessarily care or respect human life, and that there is no relationship between them. Romans can only please the gods to stay on their good side by doing work or giving them sacrifices. Contrary to roman believe Christians believe that there is a relationship between every single living person and God and no one needs to do any work to be on God’s good side. Christians believe that all they need to do is believe that God sent his only son to die for our sins so that we will be saved. Christians also believe that God loves every living thing which is different to roman religion where their gods don’t care about them.
“‘I feel it every time there’s some violence,’ he says. ‘I can only do as much as I can do.’ And what he can do is believe in his course of unconditional love,” reiterates that Boyle still has faith in unconditional love. The only way gang members can believe in unconditional love and religion is by having faith in Father Boyle. Everything Boyle had worked on would be all a waste if he gives the information to the police because the gang members would loose his trust. Love is the only thing that can take away the cloud of hate of the gang members and telling the police would only bring the hate back even worse.