Our ancestors used to admire Beowulf, and we strive to bear at least a slight resemblance to Superman, Ironman or other comic book characters. But can they be easily compared? And do they have much in common? Beowulf is probably the mightiest and the bravest hero of the Old English literature. For many centuries in a row he was considered to be an example of a person easily overcoming extremely difficult obstacles, inspiring the others, showing great courage, sacrificing his life for good and generally typifying all the traits of a hero.
He is considered a legend due to his bravery and excellent skill to stay alive throughout 12 battles without even a scar. His role as a Knight of the Round Table sprouted his fame in the world. King Arthur, a mythical figure that was a hero in British Literature, is viewed as a role model and a truly good person in
Odysseus is a man of many great characteristics, but also has some faults that he learns from throughout the book. Odysseus was told to be a brave and smart warrior in the Trojan War. He has a strategic mindset, a determination to return home, and the ability to be a convincing speaker. These characteristics help him succeed in his mission even through all the trouble he went through. One of Odysseus’ most important characteristics is his strategic mindset.
Henry David Thoreau is one of the primary promoters of the transcendentalist movement and has been inspiring people to take on the transcendentalist lifestyle ever since the mid 1800’s. Mccandless was an admirer of Henry’s philosophy but he wasn’t as fully immersed in his work and ideals as Thoreau was to his own. His intentions were not as closely aligned to the movement as Thoreau’s and the difference between these icons are clearly visible. Self reliance is one of the most significant components of the transcendentalism movement that Henry David Thoreau contributed to in his literary career. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” - (taken from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”).
In result, from an early age, Gilgamesh is perceived to be a great and powerful ruler, but aside from being physically beautiful and strong, he disappoints his people in numerous ways. However, through wisdom, strength, intelligence and acceptance that mortality is unavoidable, Gilgamesh proves to his people and himself that he is the hero he was born to be. By possessing these traits, Gilgamesh truly embodies an epic hero. The first heroic quality that Gilgamesh possesses is wisdom, which he acquires throughout his journey. Although at the beginning of his story, he is anything but a heroic king, much changes when the gods create Enkidu, a man-beast, made to help Gilgamesh on his journey.
Another early example of Situational Irony is the faith that Duncan has on Macbeth. Duncan has all the rights and reason to trust Macbeth because he has done so many great things for him but he never accounted for his most loyal subject to betray him. Furthermore, the biggest example of situational irony throughout the play is Macbeth’s kingship. This is true because after he received his coronation, for that short period of time he enjoys being king. But as time went by, he became more paranoid then he has been all along, especially after the murder of Banquo when Macbeth says “Prithee, see there!
Scott LaBarge’s essay “Heroes: Why Heroes are Important” is well written because he effectively uses pathos, logos, and karios when explaining heroes to his audience. When something goes wrong or we feel like we cannot continue, we could all use someone to step in and change our situation. Everyone needs a hero. LaBarge gives an excellent example from his high school days; Thoreau inspired him and became his hero. The high school period of one’s life is a difficult period.
Upon entering the world of Harry Potter, readers are enlightened about a “boy who lived,” yet as the books continue it becomes evident that Harry Potter only survives with the help of allies and friendships. Harry relies on his strong friendships, without them he wouldn’t survive. One solid friendship, in particular is Ron Weasley, who has had Harry’s back since day one on the Hogwarts express. Ron quickly becomes the greatest friend Harry would ever need, giving Harry a family and someone to lean on. By means of Harry’s fame, Ron may be hidden in Harry’s shadow, described as an underdog or a sidekick, but despite this, Ron Weasley displays a great sense of devotion towards, not only Harry but everyone he cares about.
They both are very courageous.They have a lot of self-confidence, are very strong, loyal plus they both have beards. Hercules and my dad are also very protective they won’t let anyone do anything to hurt their loved ones. Hercules was very wise and so is my dad. Hercules hunted and killed monsters. My dad is a Marine.
The Odyssey is a classic tale of the hero, although some heroes are not what they are depicted to be. In the first four chapters of The Odyssey, by Homer, we are introduced to Telemachus, these books appropriately introduce us to Homer's work as well as lead us into the rest of the book. We have a mental image of Odysseus as a brave warrior and a noble husband, he is described as the ideal person. The view of the readers towards Odysseus is a positive one, we hope that he will return home to his wife and son, unfortunately, when we finally meet him he comes off as arrogant and cocky. These books introduce us to Homer's work as we see with the introduction, as he introduces us to Telemachus rather than his father, Odysseus, who is the main character.