A hero can be someone who is selfless, honest, confident, caring, and courageous. The main character Beowulf falls under a heroic character because he honors his country and using all his powers and strengths to protect others. His courageous has also shown him not to hesitate and to risk his life to fight those that are
The very first lines of the epic tale show the importance of courage. Beowulf’s courage is displayed by the first time he appears when he is introduced as “the man whose name was known for courage” (340-341). Beowulf had to cross the sea to defeat Grendel, who was considered one of the “reavers from hell” (162). When he fights Grendel he is not afraid in any way. It was clear that “Grendel would have killed more if wise God and man 's courage had not forestalled that fate” (Verney, 27).
It does not have to just be someone who fights crimes on a daily basis or put bad people away. Yes, those are heroes and I for one greatly appreciate all of the people who risk their lives everyday fighting for our country or just for our well-being and safety. But a hero does not have to be all of that. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself,” (Cambell, Moyers and Flowers). A hero could be anyone who stands out to you.
In the novel Beowulf, it gives me a good idea of what a real hero would look like. A real hero is a noble person brave enough that is willing to risk their lives to help others in danger. Also, a selfless, courageous person that only wants the feeling of goodness they did for someone. A person that takes time to listen for cries of help. Those are characteristics of a real hero.
Beowulf had accumulated so much fame that throughout the world people knew of him and his accomplishments. Fame was so very important to the Anglo-Saxon 's that they would give up their lives and the lives of others if only to receive it for a minute. Kingship was the bases of your community, if you had a terrible king you will have terrible living conditions. Fate played a role in everything the Anglo-Saxons ever did, be it a battle or what they were going to have for dinner. Even when Beowulf passed away in his last battle, it was told that fate determined to be that way, it was his time to go.
Beowulf was a considered an epic hero because he did great deeds and was of high importance. While heroes today aren’t usually princes or royalty, they are usually held to high respect like
“What is a hero? Is a hero someone who has a super power? Is a hero a fictional character who fights battles against the evil? Or is a hero an ordinary person who continuously cares for the well-being of others and is always finding a way to help others. In my opinion, a hero is someone that takes risks when faced with a problem and helps others in the goodness of their hearts.
A hero’s purpose is to sacrifice his life while trying to aid others. Beowulf sees this as an opportunity to make himself be known; he believes those who have fought should be remembered through time. Throughout Beowulf’s heroic journey, he fought for a loyal cause, he followed the code of honor, and showed courageous bravery. From time to time, Beowulf always showed that he cared for everyone other than himself. When Beowulf hears that the king needed aid to help defeat grendel, he never second guessed his decision.
By definition, a hero a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities (Merriam Webster). Different qualities like courage, honor and selflessness is what makes a hero and creates their reputation. However, a hero cannot be admired by the people it protects without exhibiting these three qualities. These three men show what a hero should really be. Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney and Sir Gawain from “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” translated by Brian Stone and Burton Raffel demonstrate heroic qualities like courage, honor, and selflessness, but Christy Mahon form Playboy of the Western World; and the Riders to the Sea written by J.M.
Traits such as honor, valor, respect and bravery all come very easily to Beowulf. Although Beowulf has all of these qualities he completes such traitorous, dangerous feats for all of the wrong reasons. From these tasks, Beowulf expects everlasting glory, fame, and above all immortality. Elements such as friendship, loyalty, generosity and bravery were quintessential in Anglo-Saxon society. The most important being loyalty, without it the whole system would crumble.