When compared against modern heroes, Beowulf comes off as a more of a rugged dirty character. When looking at heroes such as Captain America or Luke Skywalker, both of these characters are never pictured as dirty. Captain America, also known as Steve Rogers, is always pictured as clean and his suit never dirty, same thing with Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker grew up a farm boy on the desert planet of Tatooine and later became a Jedi Knight, he was never explained as dirty or foul such as Beowulf was.
In today’s society, anybody can be considered a hero. A hero is a selfless person who is admired for their courageous achievements. A mother, celebrity, or even a mailman can be a hero to someone. In Beowulf, the epic poem translated by Burton Raffel, Beowulf is recognized as a hero who craves too much glory. In today’s world, Beowulf is viewed as an irrelevant hero since he displays poor qualities of arrogance and selfishness.
“A Hero is an ordinary person who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”, quoted by Christopher Reeve. Beowulf however, tends to be an epic hero based on the definition of one. Beowulf was definitely a hero, not because of his super strength, smartness, or even his sword. But because when everyone backed down he was the one to step up & sacrifice his life to save others. “
Mythological or Archetypal philosophy has been around for centuries and is used across numerous cultures. Carl Jung, a close colleague of Sigmund Freud, defined the word archetype as “a figure...that repeats itself in the course of history wherever creative fantasy is fully manifested.” Archetypes can come in various forms: characters, images, and situations. Though many different forms of archetypes appear in the tale of Beowulf, specifically, the archetypal character roles of the hero and the outcast are major aspects of the story.
During my second semester at Western Carolina University I violated the WCU Alcohol and Drug Policy. I chose to consume alcohol without being the legal age of twenty - one. In my past, I have had many good decisions and also many bad ones. From the bad decisions I have made I think to myself “What can I do different next time?” or “What can I learn from this mistake?” For my punishment I am writing an essay on the importance of the policy I violated, the lessons I learned from the incident and how I plan to live by the valued of the WCU Community Creed. I will explain each paragraph thoroughly and go into depth about the importance of learning from my mistakes and what I can do to follow the WCU community creed.
The poem “Beowulf” and “The Hobbit” by John Tolkien both talk about a hero in terms of his physical, emotional and public being that can be identified to be different. Although the idea of how they define a hero is similar, both writings have similarities of heroism, killing a dragon and creatures that are unordinary to the human eye.
In both works, the authors of Beowulf and Tolkien also assigned their society’s negative traits to their stories’ villains. In Beowulf, Grendel was swamp-dwelling son of Cain, the exiled killer of Abel and father to all evil spirits (102 – 110). Grendel’s swampy home is easily accessible to the Anglo-Saxon audience as dark and dangerous. On top of this, Grendel’s home exists on the outside edges of King Heorot’s lands: not central but still inside (103). This location represents the marginalities of the Anglo-Saxon people who the majority of society sees as sinful or “demonic.” To the Anglo-Saxons, these outsiders would have been those who did not follow cultural norms, including those dictated by biblical law.
The story of Beowulf has to do with a Hero who is the leader of the Geats. Beowulf had three major battles: Grendel, Grendel’s Mother, and the Dragon. As it is in most stories the hero always wins. Beowulf did whatever he had to do to win. He did not win easily, but he made it happen. The story of Beowulf was told a long time ago, but has many similarities to modern day society. Some of the similarities from Beowulf and modern day society are the Black Lives Matter movement, presidential elections, and war in general.
Characters in almost every story have a hero and a evil. That that evil could be nature, a person, or even a unimaginable monster. The hero tends to have traits that are easily relatable and more importantly what we look for as a good person and a good main character. In the epic “Beowulf” by Seamus Heany, we value Beowulf as a Hercules. A mortal man who is the strongest man alive yet, still mortal. Some values that we look at for a main character are courage, relatability, and loyalty. These traits or similar ones are used in almost every main character in books, movies and tv shows.
While learning more about myths and where they come from, it is also important to think of why the story was brought to be. Myths come in many difference types and genres, dealing with everything from creation, tricksters, and also myths of death and the underworld. While there are many different types of myths, Beowulf deals with a much popular tale of a hero’s journey. In the poem Beowulf, the story displays many similar relations to other myths based on a hero’s journey through time such as The Hobbit.
A hero is someone that symbolizes hope and the goodness of the world. Beowulf and Superman are similar in that they both exhibit the qualities of a hero. The qualities preserving the lives of others, overcoming a great force that no one else is able to overcome, and contrasting that great evil
Throughout history, people of all cultures and beliefs have created stories of great and mighty heroes containing the virtues admired in that age. In times long ago, when the Anglo-Saxons were at their height, one of these stories was the tale of the mighty hero Beowulf, depicting the very image of the age's virtues and ideas. Now, in this booming age of technology, we've turned to heroes such as Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione.
According to the German philosopher, Nietzsche there are two types of morality that coexists. He states that there are master morality and slave morality. According to him slave morality values kindness, modesty, and compassion. As for master morality that values our pride, strength, and honor. He mentions that master morality
A hero is a person who does good things to the community for the good of others. They go out and sacrifice their things for the good of others. He does what is right, not what is always easy. In Harry Potter and the sorcerer 's stone, Harry is a hero because he does many things for the good of others. When Harry is a hero, he shows friendship, love, and bravery.
Beowulf is an epic poem written many centuries ago about a legendary Anglo-Saxon figure named Beowulf. The epic tells of his struggles and battles as well as his life story. Beowulf is an example of a stereotypical Anglo-Saxon hero; this is shown through the qualities of his character, such as his physical strength and his moral fiber. Beowulf demonstrates the qualities that are deemed as important by the Anglo-Saxon people, such as compassion, strength, honor, glory, and courage. These qualities in Beowulf can be used as lessons that can be transferred to modern life; these lessons, such as the importance of integrity, loyalty, and courage, are still applicable to everyday life in the modern world. In this epic poem, Beowulf shows courage