He never gives up on hurting the kingdom that he continued to eat, without an opponent he continues to defeat the kingdoms warriors. Until the hero came to defeat Grendel and finally won because he strived for fame. Beowulf is very ambitious, ready to go to battle anywhere. The epic states “When he hears the tale of Hrothgar’s distress, he sets sail for Denmark to rid the land of its fear” (“Beowulf”). Beowulf did not know who these people were yet he sent sail for this journey just to earn a win on his hero card.
With each of these tasks, foreshadowing is presented to the reader to show what will eventually lead to Beowulf’s demise. King Hrothgar compares and contrasts Beowulf with King Heremod, a bloodthirsty and powerful king that abused his powers for evil, saying that Beowulf will eventually become king of the Geats and should focus on being a good-hearted ruler over the Geats. Beowulf eventually does become king of the Geats and rules as a good-hearted king for fifty years in the end of the second act. The story of Sigemund was told after Beowulf had forced Grendel into a retreat. In this story, the mighty warrior Sigemund slayes a ferocious dragon, just like Beowulf would in the final act of the poem.
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.
His loyalty shows when he tries to inspire his fellow warriors to help Beowulf. “I remember that time when mead was flowing, how we pledged our loyalty to our lord in the hall… now the day has come when this lord we serve needs sound men.” (Beowulf 764). Wiglaf’s willingness to give his life for another shines though when Beowulf attempts to kill a dragon but seems to be losing the fight. Wiglaf in an attempt to inspire his men exclaims “As God as my witness I would rather my body were robbed in the same burning blaze as my gold-giver’s body than go back home bearing arms.” (Beowulf
In order to obtain maximum respect in each conflict, both Beowulf and Arthur enter into battle somewhat alone. Beowulf specifically asks, "That he, alone and with the help of his men, may purge all evil from the hall." His request is granted by Hrothgar, King of the Danes, so he and his man enter into the battle themselves so that when Grendel is defeated, the glory, love and respect belong solely to Beowulf and his men. Arthur does the same, "he met with his man and his horse, and so mounted up and dressed his shield and took his spear, and bade his chamberlain tarry there till he came again." Although Arthur begins his journey alone he does meet up with Merlin, the court magician and faithful companion, who accompanies him.
Hamlet, by William Shakespeare’s most notorious play, depicts the story of a young man who lives in Denmark and sets out to avenge his father, killing his uncle who is now king, which was told to him by his father’s ghost: “The serpent that did sting thy father 's life/ Now wears his crown” (1.5). The play is set up to make a cast of characters, through foils, give the character of Hamlet more life and thus enhance the play. Fortinbras and Laertes are the predominant foils to Hamlet; they will be analyzed and compared in the following essay, weighing out the importance of this foil effect to the plot & the effect of the play. Prince Fortinbras of Norway and Laertes depict the exact opposite of Hamlet’s character. All of these characters seek revenge for the death of their fathers by taking the matter into their own hands: Fortinbras seeks war against Denmark (former King Hamlet killed Fortinbras’ father), while Laertes returns from Paris to Eslionor to fight for his dead father 's honor.
Hamlet shows his admiration for Fortinbras by saying: The imminent death of twenty men; That for a fantasy and trick of fame; Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot. (4.4.60-63) Here, Hamlet is fascinated with the fact that Fortinbras would wage a battle for land that has no meaning. Fortinbras is a manly warrior and shows the ability to take action. Similarly, Laertes is known for being a good fighter, a man of action, and having the ability to lead. During the play, Laertes states, “To cut his throat i’th’ church”(4.7.98).
In Beowulf, Beowulf must undergo three main trials in order to fulfill his destiny. Before Beowulf begins his quest, the unknown author drafts Beowulf as a hero whom the people of Geatland acknowledge and look up to. For example, as Beowulf recruited able warriors and prepared to set out to Denmark to save Hrothgar’s people from Grendel, no elder denied his plan. The elders’ respect for Beowulf, demonstrates his influence in society. In his past, Beowulf stated he, “Battled and bound five beasts,/ raided a troll-nest and in the night-sea/ slaughtered sea-brutes” (lns.
Good vs. Evil Every piece of literature conveys some sort of lesson that is being taught. In the anglo saxon poem Beowulf, a monster born of Cain named Grendel torments and terrorize Hrothgar’s men in the hall Herot. Beowulf a strong noble leader of the Geats who has traveled across the seas to take the challenge of facing the monstrous Grendel. Not knowing the challenges it will cause in the future.
They are the beginning lines of the epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, an ancient tale of monsters, dragons, kings, warriors, battles, life, death, and the virtues of a hero. The narrative follows the adventures of a young, brave warrior, as he conquers every challenge with his bare hands; seeking nothing but fame and glory until the very day he dies. Through this work of literature, the lost world of the Anglo-Saxons can be uncovered, and their past culture and concepts of heroism can be revealed.
Uther risked his life knowing that Vortigern had an army of wizards against him and if Uther and his army lost the battle., Hhe knew that he would be in danger since he lead the attack and was still brave enough to do it. He would have known that if he killed Vortigern, he would become king, because Vortigern only claimed he was king. In conclusion, Uther Pendragon is indeed a hero who had a bad past. He was exiled as a child from the kingdom that he soon became king of because of his act of heroism. To answer the question, “Can an act make a person a hero, even if they’ve had a bad past?” yes, a person can become a hero from an act of heroism, even if they had a bad
Furthermore, it is also pointed out that, “Beowulf was granted the glory of winning; Grendel was driven / under the fen-banks, fatally hurt, / to his desolate lair” (817-820). Adding to this, a crucial piece of information involves Grendel’s actions when he goes to the mead-hall and encounters Beowulf. Although Beowulf’s mission involves murdering Grendel, he does not need to go on a journey to his lair to find him – he only needs to travel so far as to Denmark. One notable thing to also mention about this battle includes what it symbolizes; the collision of good and evil. Grendel represents a horrifying demon, incapable of joy, while Beowulf embodies an almost godly epic hero.
Suddenly, all of the salmon’s knowledge was then given to Fionn and whenever he sucks his thumb, he is able to tell the future. He then uses this knowledge to lead the Fianna, a vigorous warrior tribe dedicated to protecting Ireland from her enemies. Warriors seeking to join the Fianna had to complete many difficult tasks for example, one had to remove a nail from the bottom of his foot while being chased and bombarded by spears. These seemingly impossible tests weeded the strong from the week and prepared the best for their ultimate battle. The myth of Fionn MacCumhal and the Giants Causeway began on a beautiful island named Ulster.
After Beowulf’s triumphant win against the demon spawn Grendel and his mother, Beowulf was rewarded for his great deeds and his status in the eyes of the Anglo-Saxons has greatly increased. Sadly enough Hygelac is killed then Beowulf takes over as ruler of Hygelac’s kingdom. 50 years has passed, Beowulf is a great ruler over his kingdom but there is a new challenge that he has to face. A peasant man stumbled upon a sleeping dragon’s lair and he thought it was a great idea to steal some treasure from the lair. The dragon was awakened from his slumber and he was enraged that someone stole treasure from him.