Beowulf didn’t want to fight this battle, the battle of the dragon. He then decided to because he wanted the treasure for winning the battle. Coming into this battle, Beowulf uttered “, I’ve never known fear, as a youth I fought endless battles. I am old now, but I will fight again, seek fame still, If the dragon hiding in his tower dares to face me.” Pg.56 The hero was not scared he just wanted the treasure and to be the epic hero he’s always wanted to be. He had many attempts to kill the dragon, but the dragon was stronger than he thought.
Thomas C. Foster states, “The thing we share is our death” (Foster 14). In addition to the first two, a line reads “They had killed the enemy, courage quelled his life... / ...but now, for the king, / this would be the last of his many labours / and triumphs in the world” (Heaney 2706-2711). Jones even talks about this, stating “The epic hero has a protective nature and willingness to help others with their problems” (Jones 4). Of course, Beowulf sacrifices himself to defeat the dragon, delivering the fatal blow with Wiglaf’s help. In total, Beowulf’s courage makes him fight the dragon at the cost of his own life, showing his
Bravery is still evident now but only with some people and the definition of bravery changed from the man who will conquer all to the man that will do the right things. On Beowulf, if you fought a monster naked and head-on, and even won, you are brave. Nowadays, being brave can be seen in any manner not just by fighting others. Honor is of great importance and every man should dream of glory and victory. They are also expected to be loyal to their leader or to someone of importance to them.
He goes into a fight prepared for the kill, to “purge all evil from this Hell”(27) not seeking any other form of peace between him and his opponent. For instance during his battle, he is described to be holding Grendel “till its life leaped out” (30), this brutal description shows the violent nature he holds. Beowulf would need to be understanding and have a sense of compassion or mercy in order to be considered a hero in this current society. Possessing the traits of being merciful show that a hero has a set of respectful morals and values which include the ultimate goal for other’s well-being. Beowulf may be considered a hero to some, however in our current time, his selfish intentions and lack of mercy, would lead him to be unfit of this role.
“Then he saw a blade that blooded well, a sword in her armoury, an ancient heirloom from the days of the giants, an ideal weapon, one that any warrior would envy” (1557-1560). Beowulf lack of humility for Grendel’s mom cost him this time and he has to use someone else’s sword to kill his enemy instead of his own, with who he killed huge sea creatures and Grendel. Humility nearly antagonize what courage is, but they both are equally important and go hand in hand in any super heroes life whether it’s today or during Anglo-Saxon period. Humility is an honorable trait that can be acquired only through age and
Beowulf’s father, Ecgtheow, “began the greatest feuds” for killing Heatholaf, and was denied by everyone except Hrothgar for refuge (16). Hrothgar not only helps Ecgtheow earn back his honor by paying off his debt for killing Heatholaf, but he provides Ecgtheow with enough money and resources to be able to return to home. Since Hrothgar showed Beowulf’s family a great deal of hospitality and generosity, Beowulf traveled to the Danes to return the same generosity and kill the monster that had been terrorizing and killing Hrothgar’s men. The monster Grendel, gives Beowulf a way to not only pay back Hrothgar’s kind act towards his family, but also a way to restore honor to his family name and improve his heroic reputation by killing this monster that has been undefeatable for twelve
Beowulf declares to his people: “This fight is not yours/ nor is it up to any man except me” (2532-33). Beowulf takes on full responsibility for the dragon because of his courage, which makes him fearless. Without this courage, the dragon would continue to destroy the town and kill the people and evil would be victorious. However, since Beowulf is around to step up to the fight, the people are saved even at the sacrifice of his own
He then goes on to defeat and kill to more monsters while staying with the Danes. Despite that Beowulf is different from others perception of a traditional hero, he still shows many of the characteristics of a Traditional hero. He is still strong, brave, and has helped people just a traditional hero would. The way Beowulf shows his strength throughout the whole story is amazing. He starts out with going to what is now called Denmark to defeat and kill the monster called Grendel.
He is considered a hero because he fits under each of these qualities. He risks his life and is courageous because he fights off the monsters. He is goes the extra mile for Hrothgar by going to kill Grendel's mother and the dragon. This is what makes a hero a hero. The first commemoration asked by Beowulf to have done is to have a tomb made for his body.
As a matter of fact, this tragedy had a very important effect on the people; especially, when the men went hunting for the whale’s blubber and waxy oil. These men never considered how dangerous the sea can be. In the following manner, the story of Moby Dick symbolizes the power of nature. Furthermore, the story talks about this man called Ahab that is the captain of the Pequod crew; it demonstrates his desire for vengeance on a whale that took one of his legs. Ever since that terrifying moment he has seen the whale as an obstacle or a wall that needs to de eliminate.
A hero is a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities. Unlike a super hero, Beowulf was not granted with special powers to shoot webs or have a fair amount of wealth; however, he does have characteristics that make him fall under the category hero. The character Beowulf is the epitome of the native English hero. Beowulf has the characteristics of bravery, strength, and loyalty. These characteristics make Beowulf a hero.