Shakespeare is known thorughout the world as a genius author. He is a master of using different devices to convey meanings beneath the surface of his plays. Henry VII is no different. In Shakespeare’s play, Henry VIII, the playwright uses allusion, tone, and figurative language to convey Wolsey’s response regarding his dismissal from the court. Shakespeare is known for metaphors and intense figurative language and this play is no different.
In today’s modern society, there are many cases in which a person or “actor” is portrayed to be the “perfect hero.” For example, heroes like Batman or Superman are shown to the public to be “indestructible” and “undefeatable” against evil villians. Similarly, in the poem Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney, Beowulf is portrayed to be “the perfect hero.” The author illustrates to the reader of Beowulf’s achievements by using vivid imagery, juxtaposition, and strong diction. These techniques help readers understand the importance of Beowulf’s significant and necessary acts at the beginning as well as at the end of the story.
King Henry promises this by telling the soldiers that “from this day to the ending of the world, / But we in it shall be remembered” (ll. 58-59). Henry is letting his troops know that their victory (if they should win) will be so legendary that their story will be eternal. Additionally, Henry not only immortalizes the men, but he also promises them nobility, as “this day shall gentle his condition”, promising to lift the status of these men no matter what class they were born into (l. 63).To make this day even more memorable, Henry connects the battle to St. Crispin’s Day, giving the battle a significant title, making it more likely to be memorialized. Henry references St. Crispin in the beginning and end of this section of speech, surrounding his main points with the idea of this saint.
Beowulf’s Courage Makes an Epic Hero A good example of an epic hero is from the epic poem Beowulf, written by Seamus Heaney, focusing on the titular character Beowulf because he is known for his courage which is used to create more characteristics that an epic hero should have. The best place to start is with an example of Beowulf valuing his courage, where Jones reminds the reader “Beowulf himself speaks to this importance of courage when arguing with Unferth” (Jones 3). Another good example is in the packet The Middle Ages: The Epic Hero, where Jones states that an epic hero “has 12 main characteristics, including being strong, courageous, and self-sacrificing” (Jones 2). First of all, Beowulf’s courage helps him have the strength to be in a battle against his enemies. For instance, before fighting with Grendel, Beowulf says “Unarmed he shall face me / if face me he dares.
By making you thane of Cawdor, I have planted the seeds of a great career for you, and I will make sure they grow. (to BANQUO) Noble Banquo, you deserve no less than Macbeth, and everyone should know it. Let me bring you close to me and give you the benefit of my love and good will” (I,4,29-34). This quote shows him acting kind toward not only Banquo, but Macbeth as well. He is welcoming Macbeth into honor and telling Banquo that he is crucial.
The keeper of the mead Came carrying out the carved flasks, And poured that bright sweetness. A poet Sang; from time to time, in a clear Pure voice. Danes and visiting Geats Celebrated as one, drank and rejoiced.” Beowulf also portrayed an epic hero in his trait of bravery. Janoski wrote “Anglo-Saxon epic heroes are willing to put their own lives in danger for the greater good.” Gilchrist-Brodeur proclaimed in his book The Art of Beowulf that “The three great events of the main plot-- the killing of Grendel, the victory over Grendel’s dam, and the fight with the dragon-- display striking structural similarities…in each, the hero, after a hard and dangerous struggle, slays his foe.” Although he was greatly vulnerable in his battle with the dragon, Beowulf was still brave enough to defeat the dragon before it took more lives. “The Geats’ Great prince stood firm, unmoving, prepared Behind his high shield, waiting in his shining Armor.
Prepаring fоr his lаst bаttle with the fiery drаgоn, Beоwulf puts his trust in eleven оf his finest men, retаiners whо hаve vоwed tо fight tо the deаth fоr him. Beоwulf believes thаt they аre very feаlty tо the him. Althоugh the nоw elderly king insists оn tаking оn the drаgоn аlоne, he brings аlоng the eleven in cаse he needs them. When it is аppаrent thаt Beоwulf is lоsing the bаttle tо the drаgоn, аll but оne оf his men run аnd hide in the wооds. This shоws thаt his men lied when they vоwed tо die tо prоtect their king.
So young men build, the future, wisely open-handed in peace, protected in war; so warriors earn. Their fame, and wealth is shaped with a sword” (Beowulf 24). This relates to the whole idea of doing thing to prepare for the future and difficult challenges all you to excel more. Oedipus
When the play states “I Oedipus, your world-renowned king”(Sophocles 1). Also when the play states, “O child of Laius ' ill-starred race” (43). This shows that he is of the noble name because he is king Laius son, also he announces that he is the king. Not only is he noble blood, Oedipus also shows goodness. When the play states, “My zeal in your behalf ye cannot doubt”(1).
S.T Coleridge refers to Shakespeare’s swan song, The Tempest, as a play “for all ages,” and this quote rings true in the light of the fascinating study of the presentation of Prospero, the play’s protagonist. Prospero’s complexity stands out against the binary archetypes of Jacobean drama, and this great wizard not only teaches the audience about accepting humanity, but embracing it. He reveals a reflection of the Bard himself, as well as that of our very being. To quote Gooder, Prospero “could give God a good fight.” The audience instantly gets a sense of the extent of Prospero’s power through the tempest that he casts in Act 1 Scene 1. Ferdinand’s cry of “Hell is empty and all the devils are here” clearly illustrates the psychological destruction that Propsero’s art can carry.
This engenders Hal to finally commence his new perspective on how to act, or perhaps one that he already knew was within him. is the first time Hal finally shows signs of progress and taking things into his own hands. Because of the promise of defeating Percy in battle, Hal is very serious and deems it imperative for him to fulfill this task, he would rather, “…die a hundred thousand deaths, Ere break the smallest parcel of this vow.” (III.2.158.) This line contributes to the various themes of the play on family relationships, power, and the true meaning of honor; it is the first time in the play that Hal is resolute in his promise—it is not the usual humor that is expected of Hal from his past behaviors. Instead of Hal’s actions adding disorder to the kingdom, he is doing the opposite namely, affirming to his responsibilities.