What defines an epic hero? First of all, the word epic is defined by Merriam Webster as “a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero.” Additionally, an epic hero is described as “a brave and noble character… admired for great achievements and or affected by grans events.” Odysseus “Son of Laertes and gods of old…master marine and soldier…formidable for guile in peace and war” will forever be remembered as an epic hero for “[his] fame has gone abroad the
Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon epic about a great warrior who values the Anglo-Saxon ideas of loyalty, personal indebtedness, fame, fate, and heroism. The epic is named after, and centered on, Beowulf and his quests; however, several other characters also reflect Anglo-Saxon values throughout the story. For example, King Hrothgar built “the best/ Of all mead-halls” (ll.145-146) so that his “men lived happy” (l. 15). Hrothgar built the mead-hall because he was indebted to his men who served and protected him. Meanwhile, Beowulf was indebted to Hrothgar because Hrothgar once defended Beowulf’s family.
Robin hood purpose throughout history as a heroic hoodlum has developed to a portal to authors. Robin hood has captured audiences throughout centuries with his talents and adventures. Robin hood is an experienced archer who would pilfer from the affluent and provided the unprivileged. Robin Hood has evolved over time as a legendary hero that is a champion archer and authors have created different depictions of robin hood throughout different stories. To begin with, Robin Hood stories come from authors and storytellers imagination but he was known to be a champion archer and a man who gives the gains to the poor.
It is evident from the beginning of the poem that Beowulf is meant to be the hero. He is strong, brave, and courageous but is also boastful and seeks only fame and glory. These characteristics are examples of things that could be related to hyper masculinity and are not necessarily desired in a hero today. In the quote “They have seen my strength for themselves, Have watched me rise from the darkness of war, Dripping with my enemies' blood. I drove Five great giants into chains, chased All of that race from the earth.
The poem’s central focus is the noble warrior Beowulf and his accomplishments throughout the epic. Nonetheless, one of the most important components of Beowulf is the way that it depicts the heroes against the monsters. In this paper, I will argue heroes versus monsters by analyzing the differences and similarities between
This is where we see others acknowledge the image of the hero that Hotspur has strived to achieve his entire life. Prince Hal praises Hotspur’s life after death, “…This earth, that bears thee dead/Bears not alive so stout a gentleman" (5.4.91-92). Hotspur is accepting of his fate, making him admired by his peers and seen as a true hero. Even as he dies Hotspur’s concern is not that of death itself, but of honour when he speaks his last words to Prince Henry, “…I better brook the loss of brittle life / Than those proud titles thou hast won me. / They wound my thoughts worse than thy sword my flesh.”
Chivalry is a code of conduct associated with the medieval institution of knighthood which developed between 1170 and 1220. Between this time period many authors wrote about knights and warriors and how they represented the values of being loyal, courageous and their willingness to give one’s life for another or in other words being a chivalrous warrior. Some examples of these tales are Beowulf and Le Morte d’Arthur. Beowulf and Wiglaf from Beowulf and King Arthur from Le Morte d’Arthur each have two examples of them reflecting the values of being a chivalrous warrior. Beowulf from Beowulf has very few things about him that are not chivalrous.
The Arthurian Code: Chivalry “Chivalry is dead” is a very common phrase, however what does it actually mean? This famous saying refers back to the time of King Arthur in the Middle Ages. In order to be a knight, one had to follow the Arthurian Code of Chivalry. The word chivalry was used to describe what a perfect knight would be, and the code outlines the basic understanding of how a knight should act. The regulations assigned the ethics and morals that a knight had to attain, and the rules were held with great respect and honor.
After reading and analyzing both Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, I received multiple perspectives of a “hero” and what that word meant during these time periods. Therefore, in both stories, it was evident that in order to be considered a hero during this time one had to be selfless and loyal to the king/crown by sacrificing oneself to maintain the tranquility within their kingdom. Nonetheless, in terms of Beowulf, I considered both the protagonist, Beowulf, and one of his warriors, Wiglaf, to be heroic individuals who portrayed all the necessary characteristics one must acquire to be considered a hero during this century. This was because Beowulf numerously sacrificed himself to protect King Hrothgar’s kingdom, when he battled
It is evident that in Beowulf, Beowulf himself has both the characteristics of human and monsters. Beowulf is not the only character who struggles with showing both human and monster characteristics. Beowulf is shown as a hero but has dragon like monstrous features that shows through the text, "And keeper of his people counted on Beowulf, On the warrior’s steadfastness and his word. Where as, Grendel is a monster that struggles with understanding the human identity. "Grendel set out for the lofty house, to see how the Ring-Danes were settling into it after their drink, and there he came upon them, a company of the best asleep from their feasting, insensible to pain and human sorrow."