Beowulf is a superior hero, he is an honorable man and a selfless being who prioritizes his comrade above anything. Beowulf displays traits that are important in the 21st century. Beowulf prioritizes other people before himself. When he killed Grendel, he didn’t do it for the prize but he did it for the respect of his men and the honor. Beowulf is a despicable leader that is able to lead his men to victory like the time they hunted and took down Grendel.
In the poems, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf, each main character faces a supernatural adversary. Each adversary is placed within the poem in order to test the main character, Gawain and Beowulf, proudest virtue; Gawain’s honor is tested on multiple occasions by Morgan La Fye, while Beowulf’s reputation is challenged. Each main character meets the expectations of a hero; however, they do so in different formats. Gawain is a chivalric hero, possessing characteristics such as physical ability, nobility, loyalty, and strong religious beliefs. Beowulf is a classic Anglo-Saxon warrior, possessing characteristics such as physical strength, humility, courage, and religious displays.
Achilles, Son of the mortal Peleus, King of the Myrmidons, was perhaps one of the bravest heroes of all time. He had superhuman strength, loyalty and was courageous (brave) even with his one vulnerability, the “Achilles heel”. Our men and women in uniform do not have superpowers but show courage everyday they get dressed to serve their communities or country. Without hesitation, they face danger in many forms without showing any fear even with their own individual vulnerabilities. These loyal individuals in our culture will always be considered heroes.
Jamila Bethea English 4 Joyner December 2015 Beowulf’s Heroic Qualities In the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, Beowulf is not only a warrior, but he is also an epic hero. An epic hero is someone who is admired for his/her hard work.
What makes a person a hero? What defines a person as an outcast? The novel Beowulf is filled with both action packed heros and vengeful outcast. The definition of a hero is a person admired for bravery, great achievements, or good qualities (citation).
Beowulf values confidence, bravery, and fame all in which sculpt his overall image. These principles help him overcome monsters and myths most men fear. Beowulf seems to never lose these traits, thus causing him to be a courageous soldier for battle. Beowulf’s close minded ideals about himself makes him an example of a static figure. Beowulf in the story never seems to forget
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.
This society was based on the qualities of courage, being amicable, and the biggest quality of all was loyalty. Even though, for the last battle of Beowulf the all left him alone with the monster except for Wiglaf. He is a very brave man but has flaws and temptations that become his downfall. Although, he was adulated by everyone for killing the monster, he knew that he was a bad king to his kingdom and wanted to make up for it by killing getting the treasure and giving it to the kingdom. In Beowulf, there were similarities and differences between the humanity
On Beowulf, if you fought a monster naked and head-on, and even won, you are brave. Nowadays, being brave can be seen in any manner not just by fighting others. Honor is of great importance and every man should dream of glory and victory. They are also expected to be loyal to their leader or to someone of importance to them. In Beowulf, for example, the dragon, being loyal, kept the treasure and gave his life for it even though the real owners already died.
Throughout the poem, Beowulf fights three different monsters and in each of these situations he chooses to begin the fight without their help. He enters into combat with his men by his side, but when the actual fighting begins he defeats the monsters with very little help from them. Beowulf’s strength and physical prowess was unlike any other man in comparison to his height and incredible grip. Furthermore, Beowulf can be categorized as an outcast based on his personality traits. The main character is set apart from the other warriors because of his courage and humility.
Even though he’s out numbered, he takes his chances by being courageous to defeat these sea monsters (559). Another trait is Beowulf’s strength that helps him become a hero. Beowulf has “hands that [move] with thirty men’s strength” (380). Like a superhero, strength is also important for a native hero. Beowulf battles monsters like Grendel who triumph his size and devour men who nobly fought in battle.
It was never far from his mind to envision himself as a hero and a conquistador. " There [was] a persistent feeling in his correspondence as well as in his children 's writings that people like Thomas Jefferson, who shied away from battle, were not completely men" (Hendrickson 342). For Hamilton, it wasn 't the blood, the pain, or the suffering of battle that made it appealing to him. Hamilton viewed it as a stage for him to act on, and to display the qualities of selfless courage that would win him the honor, love and respect he so
This story has lived on by people who have told the story to other people. They are fascinated by the story of Beowulf a brave and noble hero who fights to protect others. This story is unlike any other story because it is about a man who faces his fears head on. People loved him because he was courageous and he succeeded in his actions. Beowulf was not the
Heroes are a rare and amazing phenomenon. Two heroes that stand out in literature are Beowulf and Achilles. Beowulf is a Herot who is a selfless, even tempered, fate fighting warriors who saves his kingdom numerous times from threats, such as monsters and enemies. Achilles is a Greek, selfish warriors in Greece but has a hot temper and is often unforgiving. Achilles wants to help take the kingdom of Troy, but doesn’t agree with the war.
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.