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
When you think about the idea of a superhero, you imagine someone successful and not a failure. Both Beowulf and Odysseus are mostly successful. However, Beowulf is never once described as making a mistake until the last battle he fought. Even so, Beowulf’s battle with the dragon cannot be described as a failure because the dragon is still defeated. Beowulf is mortally wounded in battle but through no mistake of his own.
Chosen by the gods to have good fortune in his quest to found Rome, Aeneas faces many of the same challenges as Odysseus when he was blown off course. Aeneas is unlike Gilgamesh in how he is level headed and a well capable leader from the start, at the same time Aeneas demonstrates his abilities by tearing through the soldiers that stood between him and Turnus. Aeneas also shares Odysseus’ quality of wisdom, but unlike the cursed man Aeneas foresees the dangers on his travels and is able to circumnavigate the obstacles and protect his men. While both Odysseus and Gilgamesh are rather partial to establishing dominance Aeneas operates with the intention of making allies. After arriving in Italy Aeneas’ priority is to establish friendly relationships with the Italians, whom in turn respond similarly thereby preventing conflicts only until the intervention of the goddess Juno that would eventually lead to war with Turnus and his men.
When you hear the term “Hero”, you often imagine a person with a cape flying across town, a person with superpowers fighting unusual looking monsters to help keep your community safe. As a child or even at an older age, you’re asked about one person that you admire. You may look up to that particular person because of the journey they have decided to take. You follow in their footsteps, because they’ve showed you who they were, who they wanted to become, and who they became. I never considered myself a hero, but Joseph Campbell would have said otherwise.
Usually, epic heroes share common character traits such as braveness, courage, and leadership. In Homer’s Odyssey, it is my belief that Odysseus is a hero because he demonstrated leadership qualities by leading his group to fight the suitors by being disguised as a beggar so that nobody would suspect him as being Odysseus. For example he fought the suitors, the three headed monsters, and a giant. Some people might say that he did not exhibit loyalty because he stayed on the island with Calypso for so long. However Zeus forced Calypso to let him leave and he returned to Ithaca and his wife which shows loyalty.
As the film progresses Lt. Cobbs becomes like a son to Savage, earning Savages respect and teaching Savage about the other men on his crew. When Savage and Cobb fly a mission together, a successful mission, Cobbs informs Savage that Major Stoval and the Sargent that Savage had previously demoted had been stowaways on the mission and turns out the Sargent is an excellent gunner. When it is time for Savage to reprimand them, Savage chooses to recognize these two crew members and encourage them to next time take the correct action. Once again, when tested, Savage displays
When he wakes up, everything is still the same as it was, yet he seems a bit surprised that nothing happened. In his dreams he is amazing and can do anything and is the hero slaying dragons, demonstrating that in his life he is unfulfilled and dreams of better things. Similarly, both texts utilise other characters aside from Katy in ‘We Live by the Sea and the lead in ‘Waiting for my real life to begin’ to support the idea. Firstly, Alex Howarth incorporated the character Paul Williams to give the audience insight into Katy’s way of thinking. While using Ryan and the bullies at school to demonstrate and contrast the effect of acceptance has on happiness with both Hannah and Katy.
/ Poseidon Lord, who sets the earth a-tremble, / broke it up on the rocks at your land’s end” (9. 187-188). After Odysseus men are eaten by the Cyclops, they come up with a plan to hurt him so they could escape. When they stab the Cyclops in the eye, the Cyclops calls the other Cyclopes. When they approach they ask who ruined him and the Cyclops answers, “Nobody, Nobody's tricked me, Nobody's ruined me!” (9.
Odysseus was an effective leader in battle, an amazing fighter, and he was the person who helped defeat Troy by using the wooden horse. Although everyone thought this was a heroic action by Odysseus to obtain victory, the gods were not so happy with him, especially Zeus. The gods punished Odysseus by making his journey back home difficult for him and his men. Even though Odysseus was being challenged by gods, he had traits that were of an epic hero. Also, throughout his journey he had friends and companions to help him travel back to Ithaca safely and obtain his kingdom once again.
Some may say Odysseus is the ideal hero. One of the reasons those people might say that is because Odysseus has a hero’s key traits: he was loyal, compassionate, and cunning. Odysseus was loyal to his family by trying his best to get home and succeeding. Compassion was shown by Odysseus when he was patient while plotting against the Trojans. Last but not least Odysseus was cunning when he defeated the Cyclops in the cave whilst escaping.