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. Beowulf is considered a hero because he displays strength and courage the battles against Grendel, Grendel’s mom, and the dragon. The defeat of the monsters and the dragon allowed Beowulf to transition into a king. First, he battled with Grendel Beowulf showed the heroic quality of being strong.
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). An outcast is the exact opposite; it is a person who is not accepted or has no place in society nor a particular group (citation).The heros in Beowulf fight to the death for their people and have great pride in their beliefs.
He is a strong willed human being who fears no beast or demon in the world. 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 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.
So the warrior would have to do something that would let his memory be passed on. 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
Bravery is still evident now but only with some people and the definition of bravery changed from the man who will conquer all to the man that will do the right things. 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.
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.