It is evident from the beginning of the poem that Beowulf is meant to be the hero. He is strong, brave, and courageous but is also boastful and seeks only fame and glory. These characteristics are examples of things that could be related to hyper masculinity and are not necessarily desired in a hero today. In the quote “They have seen my strength for themselves, Have watched me rise from the darkness of war, Dripping with my enemies' blood. I drove Five great giants into chains, chased All of that race from the earth.
Desmond Doss was a religious World War II veteran who refused to pick up a gun. Instead of killing people, he wanted to save as many lives as he could. Contrary to Doss, Beowulf was a literary hero who basked in the glory of fame given to him after his many victories of slaying evil pagan monsters. In many ways, these two heroes are very different but in some, they are similar. Someone’s reasoning and intentions for someone completing a heroic or good deed can be a factor in whether that person is a hero or not.
Other heroes, like Gilgamesh and Odysseus, usually do heroic deeds to help their kingdoms and men. For example, Gilgamesh kills the heavenly bull to avoid a famine from wrecking his kingdom, while Odysseus works to save his men throughout the story multiple times. Loyalty towards himself before anyone or anything else, is one of the qualities that separates Beowulf from other traditional heroes. Ironically in his efforts to gain fame and riches, Beowulf 's traits overlap with those of an epic hero. More important than Beowulf 's lack of morality though, is the warrior 's lack of growth throughout the story.
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. Both Beowulf and modern day heroes risk their life for the good of others and are held to a high regard. "Nor have I seen a mightier man-at-arms on this earth than the one standing here: unless I am mistaken, is truly noble. This is no mere hanger-on in a hero's armor”. Beowulf was a considered an epic hero because he did great deeds and was of high importance.
Unlike Manuel, Perseus differs other people, as he is stronger and more handsome than the average man. In the story, on page 353, in the book, it states, “At last, Perseus became a young man, handsome and strong beyond the common…” He is brave because he killed the dreadful Medusa. On page 357, it states, “Horror stiffened his arm as he hovered over her with his sword uplifted. There was a great cry and a hissing.” The theme can be described as ‘some things are for the better’. In the myth, Perseus must risk his life in order to decapitate the Gorgon Medusa.
A hero does not fight for fame and glory but for the greater good. A hero is someone who goes through adversity to help others in desperate times. A hero fights evil, and defends people. Beowulf should be considered a hero because he is a strong, brave warrior who defended his people and slayed evil monsters. Beowulf proves himself to be a strong, brave warrior by killing Grendel the monster.
The treasures made his people wealthy and he also killed the dragon. Like the dragon, the death of the supernatural being, Grendel’s death saved many people. His death provided safety to Heorot and it’s warriors. G. Matthews said that Grendel was a “Descendant of Cain, the first murderer in human history.” This shows that only good can come from the death of a monster so
Heroes are a major part in any story no matter how clear their heroism is. In the case of the characters, Beowulf and Sir Gawain, they are considered to be heroes. However, they are two different types of heroes even though they both show the key attributes that make them considered to be heroes; Beowulf is the brave idealistic hero whereas Sir Gawain is a noble knight who is also modest and cares a lot about what people think of him so much so that he tells a lie to keep up his reputation. In the epic poem Beowulf, the character Beowulf hears about a monster named Grendel tormenting the land Heorot, so “he announced his plan: to sail the swan’s road and seek out that king, the famous prince who needed defenders” to help fight the monster. (David and Simpson, Beowulf 46) Once there he defeats Grendel without any weapons, just his bravery, and strength.
When he murders Grendel, he leaves all the materialistic treasures and only takes the most valuable thing to him, Grendel’s head. By the end of the poem, Beowulf is established as a courageous, prideful and an overall hero. Reputation to Beowulf was very critical because he didn’t want to be seen as anything less than the
Characters: Gilgamesh – Arnold Schwarzenegger “One Third Human Two Third God-Half American Half Austrian” Gilgamesh who is the king of the Uruk city is known with his strength and wisdom. He is a fearless warrior and also the builder of the walls of Uruk. However, as we all know even these gigantic walls couldn’t prevent Gilgamesh from harming his people. He is the reason of the suffering people. I think this cruel and behavior associates with “Evil”.
In the epic Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, Beowulf is depicted as a heroic figure who fights monsters and defends the weak. During its time, Beowulf would be considered a great hero, however in today 's standards Beowulf would only be considered a great warrior. That’s because a hero should value the lives of the people and not seek to be rewarded. Instead, Beowulf committed heroic acts for his own selfish reasons and never shows to values the lives of the people. From fighting Grendel to slaying the dragon, Beowulf only fought because he value the fame and fortune that comes along with those accomplishments.
Another ambitious similarity between Macbeth and Hitler are that they were both murdered for what they wanted. They both unjustly killed the innocent people without any worthy cause at all. Millions of innocent life’s were taken do to Hitler and few equally undeserving people were killed by Macbeth. Macbeth killed King Duncan, his two chamberlains, Banquo, Lady Macduff and her children. At first Macbeth was hesitant about killing King Duncan, but after that he was never the same and would kill anyone he felt he needed to, to get to the throne and keep it.
Even though his mission is to save one man and risk many of his men, he presents a full effort to complete this mission no matter how senseless he believed it was. He proves his intelligence and strength. He remains positive and calm no matter the circumstance. His flaw is that he is too good-hearted, which in the end, gets him killed. Both Maximus Meridius and Captain John H. Miller have the qualities of a tragic hero, which are: a high position, a fatal flaw, and a downfall caused by their flaw.
They killed different things for different reasons, but both were considered great. Though both were epic heroes, their cultural backgrounds are what defined them. Their reasoning for fighting differed greatly. In the epic poem Beowulf, it stated, “that mighty protector of men/ Meant to hold the monster till its life…(313-315).” This shows that Beowulf protected the people and that he was a good person. In the epic poem, The Iliad, it states, “Would god my passion drove me/ to slaughter you and eat you raw…(191-192).” Achilles only killed one person.