Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life is a book written by John McCain. He wrote about his favorite stories of normal individuals. These individuals have done incredible things have done, risking everything to defend the people and principles they cherish most in huge acts of courage. This book shows many different ways someone can be courageous in many different situations throughout time. The first person he wrote about is Special Forces sergeant Roy Benavidez, who fought in Vietnam.
In a society where heroism and bravery are honored as essential aspects of culture, the contrasting values of these characters, or foils, help define Beowulf as the model hero. He becomes often associated with the image of a perfect, almighty warrior, able to prove his fame in any situation. However, the foil characters can do more than purely illuminate his positive values. With the contrast they provide, Beowulf’s faults are revealed and criticized as well. Although foil characters often point out the greatness of Beowulf, they also serve to highlight Beowulf’s flaws, teach him lessons, and allow him to change, as seen in his interactions with Unferth, Hrothgar, and the dragon.
That is what a true hero is, and that's what they will remain throughout time no matter how the challenges change. Heros have courage. The courage of heroes is seen many times throughout Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales. Courage is a hard trait to describe, but it is even harder to actually have true courage. Beowulf certainly shows courage throughout the book, and he is the hero of the book.
Gawain’s physical ability, bravery, and faith are all challenged by Morgan’s plan to expose the knights of Camelot. Gawain is considered a chivalric hero because he is able to resist the temptations of Morgan, display his bravery, and mostly be true to his word. Even when displaying a shortcoming in character, Gawain is able to repent and be humble about his mistake. Finally, Beowulf’s courage, strength, and faith are tested in the battle against Grendel. Beowulf is considered a classic Anglo-Saxon warrior because he has the physical abilities and strength that create a good warrior.
Gawain models his morals after Arthur, so Arthur’s influence and teachings are the foundation of Gawain’s morals. According to the hero’s journey there must be a theme, a message the author is trying to get across through the hero’s trials and experiences. The characters in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight play the largest role in getting this theme across to the reader and to Gawain. The idea that being honest and chivalrous is the best way to lead
Beowulf and Odysseus are two famous epic heroes in the texts Beowulf and The Odyssey. They both go through the “Hero’s Journey,” and display many characteristics of a hero. Beowulf, however, better fits the qualities of an epic hero due to his unselfish personality, his fearlessness, and his nobility. One reason Beowulf is the better epic hero is because his intentions and motives were selfless. He always fought to save the people, not for glory or treasures.
What does a hero mean to you, does a hero have supernatural abilities or does the hero show extreme bravery or courage? Heroes are important to us because we can look up to them and they can be our role models. A great favorite famous hero is Caitlyn Jenner, and for a fictional hero that is Eric Cartman, and last but not least Mrs. Schmauch. Heroes give us a reason to do good things in life and to have a positive outlook on life and to fight any evil whether that be an idea or an evil person. A hero needs to be strong and brave so that is why Caitlyn Jenner is a hero to many people, Caitlyn Jenner was tired of being misgendered and wanted to be a transgender women and faced discrimination for what she did.
To these things you must swear upon to be Blessed Sacrament(...)” (p.61-62). Chivalry was a big rule and King Arthur firmly believed in it, making him a fair yet strong ruler and a great guy in general. King Arthur proves he 's a brave leader because he would risk anything for his Country, a loyal leader because he only has affection for Guenevere, and a chivalrous leader because he counts everyone as equal and is willing to help anyone in need. King Arthur was the greatest ruler in medieval times known to
Here, Wiglaf proves himself the better man because he has honor while the others, who willingly abandoned their King in battle, clearly do not. Lastly, Beowulf and Wiglaf both show outstanding loyalty throughout the piece. All of Beowulf’s actions are clearly motivated by loyalty, starting with his decision to help the Danes. Beowulf’s father once started a feud, which Hrothgar helped to end. Hrothgar recalls, “Ecgtheow acknowledged me with oaths of allegiance” (472).
For example, Gandalf could use his power to give glory to himself, but he choses to help others such as Thorin and company on their quest to regain their homeland and treasure from Smaug. Gandalf is considered one of the greatest wizards in Middle Earth because he is the most unselfish and good-hearted wizard. In The Lord of The Rings, Gandalf sacrifices himself for the company and as a result is transformed from Gandalf the Grey to Gandalf the White, a more pure and powerful version of himself. This sacrifice makes him greater than the most powerful wizard at the time, Saruman, because he proved himself more worthy of the title. Gandalf could even be considered, “Saruman as he should have been.” (Robertson,
These characters were Scyld Scefing and Beowulf. They were shown to have a good heart though being kind, strong, and courageous. On pages 2 and 3, “Scyld grew up to be strong and brave, the terror of his enemies… Scyld Scefing was kind and wise, and his people loved him. This definitely showed that Scyld is all the characteristics of a good hearted person. For Beowulf, on page 19, “only a young man, but already he had won fame on account of his goodness and daring… Beowulf was the rare kind of person who makes strength of his weaknesses.”
Beowulf and Archilles are two kings. Beowulf, I find, is a good ruler, unlike Archilles. They both like doing something heroic alone just to get the fame for it, but they’re both really different from each other. I believe Beowulf is a better fit for modern times. Beowulf is a good ruler for his people.