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. The role of the hero is a popularly recognizable element of many stories.
Additionally, Beowulf’s immense courage makes him fit for representing the ideal epic hero. Beowulf is brave and he does not avoid doing anything that might be dangerous or risky. Beowulf is even willing to give up his life, when he performs some of the courageous deeds. For example, when Beowulf plans to fight Grendel, he tells Hrothgar: “’the monster’s scorn of men / Is so great that he needs no weapons and fears none. / Nor will I’”
The story of Beowulf is one of the oldest surviving long poems in Old English. It was recorded over a thousand years ago, and before that, it was passed down orally for generations. Consequently, the true author of this epic poem is unknown, but luckily that is only a small piece of history lost about this piece. It still educates us about what the Anglo-Saxon valued by demonstrating those beliefs in Beowulf and other characters throughout the poem. Bravery, Christianity, and loyalty are all demonstrated strongly in the story of Beowulf, and furthermore educates us on the ways of the Anglo-Saxon people around the time frame of Beowulf.
How does one become a true hero? In many folklore tales a hero is portrayed as a brave citizen that puts himself in harm's way to save the lives of others. Meanwhile, in movies a person becomes a hero through mutation or inventions. Surprisingly, superheroes existed long before comic books and movies. The spark of heroism was started by Beowulf.
Similar to honor, courage was also very important. Beowulf being a very courageous man, is motivated by the desire to prove his valor, through accomplishing brave feats. By accomplishing these feats of bravery, Beowulf would boast about them in detail at Hrothgar’s hall. Even Beowulf’s mission to kill Grendel was motivated by a desire to prove himself and improve his reputation. When boasting about his about his feats, Beowulf would often give credit to god for his bravery and
Courage, one of the attributes of Beowulf that the hero have. Courage to fight the monster Grendel in order to protect and free the people from the terror, danger, fear and death which the monster brings to them when it attacks at night. Courage to be good in spite of the bounty and fame that he can receive for doing such good and noble deed for the people. Beowulf also has the courage to admit his mistake in his past and take the rightful consequences for it. Beowulf had fought many evil things in the movie such as monsters, invaders, rebels, and also the evil inside him.
Questions of Honor: Beowulf Beowulf’s honor and integrity can be questioned throughout the entirety of the epic poem, Beowulf. Whether or not his actions are inspired by his own pompous arrogance or confidence, one can argue that he is a hero nonetheless. Evidence and experience prove that Beowulf is more of a fearless hero than an excessively prideful man, and his hubris is more than justified due to the formidable duties he is able to execute. Throughout the poem, Beowulf expresses his intense strength and courage to the fearful people in the poem. His daring sense of self-assurance is backed by his victories against all three monsters, (even though he suffers a tragic death after facing the dragon, it is a defeat nonetheless).
Beowulf’s Personality: This quote accurately describes Beowulf’s personality for multiple reasons. Beowulf always thought positively of those around him, even if most did not believe in him. For example, while Beowulf was gone for hours on end fighting Grendel’s mom, Hrothgar left him believing he had died. Despite Hrothgar losing his faith, Beowulf still adored the king of Denmark. Even when odds were stacked against him, like his battle with the dragon, Beowulf consistently believed his men would pull through.
Beowulf is willing to risk his life by battling battles to protect the people. There are three main battles. The first battled Beowulf had to fight was against Grendel. The second battle, Beowulf had to fight was against Grendel's mother. The third battle, Beowulf fight was against a dragon.
Beowulf: A True Hero and His Journey to Glory The poem, Beowulf, by Seamus Heaney, depicts Beowulf as a perfect hero. Beowulf is the mythical son of Edgetho and later becomes the king of the Geats. In the poem, Beowulf shows heroism in two different stages of his life, youth and in his old age. Throughout the poem, Beowulf faces three major trials of strength and leadership with Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon.
Beowulf’s’ courageousness can be shown through the way he approaches dangerous roles. He chooses to take on the roles himself and does not feel intimidated by his opponents. When it came time for Beowulf to fight Grendel, he vowed to succeed in killing him or die trying. Katniss Everdeen also shows courageous behavior. When her sister Prim was chosen for the annual reaping, Katniss took her sisters place in the Hunger Games because she did not want her sister to die.
Beowulf comes from a well respected family. His dad, the King of the Geats, allows Beowulf to step up as a hero and prove himself. He led his hero’s journey by conquering many, as well as keeping his reputation of coming out on top when it came to fighting battles. He shows many hero-like characteristics throughout the book such as bravery, courage, honor, and leadership which students and teachers alike still consider honorable in today’s day and age. Being a hero requires one to conquer many obstacles.