He possessed the qualities of a hero; bravery, loyalty and fearlessness. He sacrificed himself when killing the dragon that had frightened almost everyone but Beowulf. Some may have seen him as a proud fool but he should be proud considering he was risking his life for others in dangerous situations. Ergo, he was a hero and was still looked up to even after his
This quotation shows bravery because Beowulf knew the dragon was much more powerful than him, but he took it upon himself to fight the dragon alone and risk his life to protect the people. Beowulf defeated the dragon but also lost his life while fighting for his people. He states, “So God/Gives guidance to those who can find it from no one/Else” (Beowulf 12-14). This quote is saying, how Beowulf will do what others will not do, he’s showing his bravery towards Hrothgar. The other criteria the Anglo-Saxon hero shows is generous.
He has true honor and respectfully distributes treasure and gifts to those whom he believes rightfully deserves them. Beowulf’s loyalty to the Danes helps shed light on his true character. He expresses that he believes he may die in battle between Grendel, but that does not dissuade him from fighting the beast. Another example is when Hygelac dies, Beowulf is asked to take the throne. In doing so, that would mean the the son of Hygelac would be stripped of his own inheritance, which is dishonorable in Beowulf’s eyes, and thus he declines the offer.
This is his final act of comitatus shows how committed he was because it the text it stated, “No coward could have walked ther!” (2541) When he goes to fight the dragon he ends up being all alone and is killed while fighting it. His people had rewarded him by letting him lead the kingdom so now he fought bravely for them. If he had retreated and not showed comitatus he would have been exiled the the other warriors. As stated at the end of the story, “Telling their sorrow, telling stories / of their dead king and his greatness, his glory.” (3172) This final stand for Beowulf shows that he has the best comitatus because no other character so as much commitment to anyone else as Beowulf
King Arthur was proven to be a hero because of his bravery, determination, and and loyal to his country. The hero archetype thousands of years ago, usually consisted of the hero murdering people, and being respected for it. Death, in ancient times, showed strength and courage. In Odysseus’s case, he had killed all the suitors who raided his house and tried to
Throughout the epic poem, Beowulf holds firm to his integrity; moreover, the noble quality which he specifically holds firm to is being a just and loyal person. The quote which demonstrates Beowulf characteristics is “ Too, that the monster's scorn of men Is so great that he needs no weapons and fears none. Nor will I.” In context to the quote, Beowulf explains to the king how he will fight the antagonist without a weapon due to the reason that his opponent does not have one. The significance of Beowulf actions in not having a weapon demonstrates how he kept his integrity in fighting Grendel with justice. In other words, because Grendel did not have a weapon, Beowulf was attempting to be fair by fighting in equal playing
In the story Beowulf, Beowulf portrays himself as someone who illustrates the characteristics of an epic hero. No one wishes to take on the heroic deeds that Beowulf accomplished, which made him someone to look up to. Beowulf’s accomplishments in defeating monsters made him known far and wide, making him the man for the job. A hero like Beowulf would need an exceptional amount of strength and shows this when he rips off Grendel’s entire arm. “He twisted in pain,/And the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder/Snapped, muscle and bone split/And broke” (Beowulf.
Arguably the most important of these characteristics is honor. Honor is more than just being respected by others, although that is part of it; honor is more about showing integrity in ones actions, especially in the Anglo-Saxon society. When Beowulf went to the land of the Danes to fight Grendel, he did not do it simply because he wanted the reward, but because he wanted to protect his people and the people of the closely allied Danes. Beowulf only did it because he felt it was his job because it tied into his duty to protect his king, and he also recalls that he had been so successful in past endeavors when he proudly states, “They had in remembrance my courage and might. Many had seen me come safe from the conflict.” (Raffel, 321-322) This quote also shows off Beowulf’s ego as he boasts his courage and might.
Macbeth was considered a tragic hero because Macbeth had many people follow him he also had a down flaw that led to his death but went down heroically. Macbeth 's great downfall that proved was a tragic hero was stated as, “ I will not yield to kiss the ground before Malcolm 's feet and to be baited with the rabble 's curse” (5, 8, 28) this quote taken from the story explains that even though Malcom is trying to kill him Macbeth claims he won 't yield nor beg because Macbeth thinks he has won the fight. Macbeth had a very high social rank before he murdered king Duncan to start with even though he was a general for king Duncan to begin with. Macbeth is said to be a very dynamic character
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