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.
When one thinks of a hero they normally imagine a famous athlete or a movie star, but it’s not always about one’s popularity, it can also be because of how they help society. A hero is a person or protagonist included in a literary work who, when put in front of danger withstands adversity by being brave and resourceful, often sacrificing their well-being for the good of their people. Overcoming obstacles may be one of the biggest difficulties that people face, just because of the fact that many chose to simply quit when life gets hard. A person becomes a hero when they are able to overcome these difficulties and accomplish the tasks that are presented to them no matter how straining they may be. Many believe that “that heroism comes naturally to some, and others can learn altruism using methods such as compassion” (Banham 312).
Beowulf is considered a classic Anglo-Saxon warrior because he has the physical abilities and strength that create a good warrior. To accompany his physical abilities, Beowulf is courageous in his battles, believing that his fate is already determined by
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.
Whether it is fighting a monster (Beowulf fought and killed Grendel a monster), or a child walking into a classroom for the first time, bravery puts trust in yourself to face anything. Loyalty, is the quality of being loyal or the allegiance, dedication or commitment towards someone. In the case of heroes most are loyal to a King, Nation, or community. Beowulf was loyal to King Hrothgar and was always willing upon his own free will to help the King in anyway possible. Today, modern heroes are loyal to their community (police, firefighters) and Nation (military) and these individuals still help in anyway upon their own free will.
With those three qualities you can very much fit Beowulf into a hero mold. Of course every hero has to have other qualities, as Beowulf does, like Loyalty, Courage, Smarts, and Patience’s all that can clearly be seen in some way or manor in the epic story Beowulf. So, while Beowulf is different from other, more sought after, traditional heroes such as say Superman or Captain America, he is still a hero in the eyes of others and has many of the characteristic that would be seen in a traditional
Courage is a very important aspect of a knight’s life and is needed in the succession of knighthood. Gawain is a knight that possesses this and gives the reader an effective concrete picture to the theme of courage in the story. It answers my questions in the introduction, what is courage and what do you have to do to be courageous. It is simple really when you take into consideration Gawain’s experiences. Courage is not just about being brave in front of others or being fearful but standing up to them, it is about being courageous on the inside, using everything in your heart to achieve the unachievable and reaching goals you never thought you would ever reach.
In the epic poem Beowulf, the heroic code persistently appears within the main character Beowulf. He is courageous, loyal, and is renowned, but what is the most important out of his three main characteristics? The most important is courage. Without courage, Beowulf would not have been able to face or defeat Grendel for the greater good of the people. The three main characteristics of the heroic code are courage, loyalty, and reputation.
Throughout history, there are great men and women who proved to be heroes through their actions. The actions that made one a hero varied depending on the time and place; in one society, great warriors were heroes, and in another, clever leaders. However, the qualities of a hero are unchanging, no matter what actions he/she performs. In order to be a true hero, the qualities one must possess are the willingness to persevere, courage, and selflessness. Beowulf demonstrates these qualities many times throughout the poem proving that he is a true hero.
Hrothgar recalls, “Ecgtheow acknowledged me with oaths of allegiance” (472). Beowulf traveled with his men to fight a fearsome monster not for the glory of it but so that he could help his father to repay his debt. Many years later, Wiglaf shows his loyalty and devotion to his king Beowulf by following him into the fray when no one else did, promising, “I shall stand by you” (2668). In the end, this loyalty reveals Wiglaf’s valor, proving him to be just as heroic a character as Beowulf. The characters in Beowulf demonstrate three of the most important morals at the time of the story’s creation: bravery, honor, and loyalty.
How many kings really loved their own sons to give them everything they had? From the myths, I have read not very many. They passed this story down and it encourages others. I 'm sure people told this story to show how brave one person can be. Although Beowulf was a classical hero he probably would have done these things without his strength.
In this case, Prince Caspian is a prince, and Peter was the old high king of Narnia. These two also have numerous counts of courage and bravery, and have both been appointed leadership positions and have led battles, which have displayed their courage and servanthood. However, despite these many things they have in common, these two marvelous characters have some differences. For one, Peter as the old high king of Narnia, has had many experiences and has had much more leadership experience, while Prince Caspian is just starting to become a leader. In the end, these are two divine characters, who both portray numerous abilities and traits and have greatly affected the story.