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.
Hector chooses to go to war, even though his wife and son beg him to stay. Next characteristic is that he performs courageous deeds. Hector risked his life to fight in war. "Once again on the battlefield, he was eager for the fight, and better fortune for a time lay before him(Hamilton 194)." Hector leads his army to protect Troy.
Just returning from war, he still has his warrior mindset. He stays adamant throughout this part that marriage is a foolish arrangement that changes men for the worst. He states, “The savage bull may; but if ever the sensible Benedick bear it, pluck off the bull’s horns and set
Banquo, in act two scene one tells his son, Fleance, to take both his dagger and sword, “Hold, take my sword. There’s husbandry in heaven. / Their candles are all out. Take thee that too,” because Banquo has been having dreams of taking matters into his own hands and claiming the throne for his sons and he was moral enough to resist temptation unlike Macbeth. (2.1.4-5).
Also, Harry Potter was prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the Wizarding World saying, “I open at the close” (Deathly Hallows, Rowling 698). Harry Potter was willing to give up his precious life so that other wizards would be able to live a happy, full life. Comparing Odysseus, who only sought revenge so that he might, “lay plans to kill our enemies” (Homer 1082). The only one Odysseus was fighting for was his family, which is somewhat selfless but mostly selfish as he could have fought harder for his men, instead of condemning them. On top of that all, Harry Potter had many loved ones dear to him die, yet he still persevered on and Voldemort uses it as an insult saying, “...You
He escapes from Annie Wilkes, the devil figure, fully based on himself as he is completely isolated from other people. He goes through many horrible things such as drinking his urine, losing his left foot and his left thumb. But, at the end, he still has the faith and braveness to fight with Annie. Paul Sheldon, like a phoenix rises from ashes, does not only get his freedom back but most importantly, he got his ability to write novels again. From his survival, he proves to all the readers that he is not only a warrior hero but also a transcendent hero; he does not only on a journey for the quest for vengeance but also the quest to rid the land of danger as he goes through the five stages of a hero’s journey.
“Do you go upon this quest and I swear with Zeus as witness that I will give up the Kingdom and Sovereign to you.” (Hamilton 164). Beowulf, on the other hand, went on his quest to save a kingdom that needed help to defeat the great monster Grendel. “Follower and the strongest of the Geats—greater /And stronger than anyone anywhere in this world— /Heard how Grendel filled nights with horror/And quickly commanded a boat fitted out, /Proclaiming that he’d go to that famous king,” (Raffel 110-114). The different character traits between these two characters suggest a difference in culture too. Beowulf goes on quests to earn pride and help others, while Jason does it to promote Greek lifestyle and get a reward, besides pride.
When Amir first witnessed Hassan’s rape, he stood by idly, too cowardly to interfere (put quote here). He valued bringing the kite home to his father as a trophy more than saving his friend from immense psychological trauma. At this point in his life, Amir thinks that he is nothing like his brave and courageous father, who fought a bear. He imagines the story of his father fighting the bear many times, with it clearly leaving an impression on him. Later in his life, when Amir is an adult, he has a dream about that very story.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the protagonist is Macbeth. Macbeth is described at first as a mighty, courageous warrior devoted to King Duncan. However, Macbeth realizes his importance and evil enters his mind, corrupting his motives. While in the poem, Beowulf, the protagonist, Beowulf, is also portrayed as mighty, courageous warrior, but is devoted to King Hrothgar. Unlike Macbeth, Beowulf defends his kingdom to benefit others and will risk his life at any cost for the preservation of King Hrothgar’s kingdom.
A True Leader Would you believe that two men, both young, eager, and promising fighters could be so different? Johnny, who was a futuristic character in Robert A. Heinlein’s book Starship Troopers, against his parent’s wishes, joined the MI, Mobile Infantry, at age eighteen because his best friend Carl decided to enlist. The rigor of Boot camp forced Johnny to consider if he doubtlessly desired to be an MI. However, he conquered Boot camp with the conclusion that he did long to be a MI. he worked hard and protected his fellow MIs at whatever cost.