Beowulf was invincible in his strength. He battles terrifying monster and risks his life. He showcases his heroic stoicism through his super-human physical strength. Grendel was a horrendous monster that was the incarnation of maleficence. Beowulf’s men had tried to use their weapons to fight, but Grendel “ blunted every mortal man 's blade” (Line 485).
Page 2 of 3 ZOOM Anderson 1Nathan AndersonMrs. OrfanedesEnglish 4 Honors NCVPS8 February 2018Is Beowulf a Hero?Beowulf is the main character and epic hero of one of the oldest pieces of literature recorded in the English language. In order to be held at such high esteem his traits as a hero are strong and represent what the poets of the time idealized in a hero. Beowulf’s qualities, those being his brawn, faith, and courageousness, exemplify why Beowulf is considered to be one of the best heroes to date.
For example, the Danes were facing Grendel, a terrible monster that would kill their people at their meadhall mercilessly. The king, Hrothgar, and his men attempted multiple times to kill Grendel, but never succeeded. Beowulf of the Geats, heard of the Danes’ problem and offered to help defeat Grendel. In the text he states, “Many deeds of note have I done in my life, and now the reports of the monster Grendel have brought me to your land... So now I am come, my lord King, to fight single-handed against this Grendel.”
In the story Beowulf, Beowulf portrays himself as someone who illustrates the characteristics of an epic hero. No one wishes to take on the heroic deeds that Beowulf accomplished, which made him someone to look up to. Beowulf’s accomplishments in defeating monsters made him known far and wide, making him the man for the job. A hero like Beowulf would need an exceptional amount of strength and shows this when he rips off Grendel’s entire arm. “He twisted in pain,/And the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder/Snapped, muscle and bone split/And broke” (Beowulf. 337-339).
This will be about Tthe epic poem “Beowulf” is by an unknown author. The poem Beowulf is about a hero killing several people/beast because he thought he was the strongest man. This is going to be about lof, comitatus, and wyrd and how they are important to Beowulf 's culture. First is lof, lof is important to Beowulf because Beowulf likes fame and considers himself to be the strongest man alive. A quote to support lof would be “They have seen my strength for themselves, have watched me rise from the darkness of war, dripping with my enemies’ blood.
First, we have the supernaturals of Beowulf. We have the villains that made Beowulf 's battles, which is Grendel, Grendel 's mother, and the dragon. He also fought the creatures in the lake, the sea monsters, and just about anything who picked a fight with Battles, Grendel being the first monster he story, which was known to be able to take out thirty men at once. Grendel 's mother however put up a fight for Beowulf, Grendel 's mother came for revenge against Beowulf killing her son.
Beowulf was the first to start epic heroism. He was a superhero who was a helping hand when people need it. There are three parts to this story and three chants they recite. As the warriors went off into battle they chanted these lines. Many people think this is the most important poem in the anglo saxon period and still today.
The story brings you through many emotions, a roller coaster of success, and through the mind of Odysseus. The protagonist, Odysseus, was a legendary hero in Greek mythology and the king of the island of Ithaca. Odysseus has all the characteristics of a Homeric leader. He has strength, nobility, courage, a thirst for honor, and self-confidence.
It originated in the land of the Danes, and ended in the place Beowulf ruled, Geatland. Beowulf was the kind of hero who went on countless journeys, which caused him to see many places. His journeys were purely physical, since he was never confused about what the right thing to do was. Another epic quality that Beowulf exceeded in was the presence of supernatural beings. Nearly every predator he fought was far from human, spanning from Grendel, to Grendel’s mother, to the ferocious fire-breathing dragon that took his life.
In his day, he was the mightiest man on earth” (195-200). Just by reading this line, one can see that Beowulf was portrayed as one of the mightiest, most exquisite men in the world at his time. Whether it was his strength, courage, or willingness to please the people, something set him apart from the “normal” individuals. I think this illustration, created by Rubin and Garcia, really portrays what traits Beowulf possessed. In addition to being courageous, powerful, and possessing a willingness to protect the people, Beowulf was able to harness the monster inside of him in order to conquer his foes.
The strong and powerful Beowulf defeats two extremely murderous demons in very different ways before he sadly meets his end with a third monster. It is important to first note that Beowulf embodies the epic hero traits, which are: “looking like a hero, being noble, famous,
You won’t get a medal of honor, or a movie deal, or a political career out of¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ it but you still might save innocent lives===. Hero’s start off in most cases slightly selfish. They then begin to blossom into a selfless person. Beowulf was a prince who sailed across an ocean to help a king. Achilles is a soldier who was thought to be invulnerable and the greatest warrior in the world.
Heroes are a rare and amazing phenomenon. Two heroes that stand out in literature are Beowulf and Achilles. Beowulf is a Herot who is a selfless, even tempered, fate fighting warriors who saves his kingdom numerous times from threats, such as monsters and enemies. Achilles is a Greek, selfish warriors in Greece but has a hot temper and is often unforgiving. Achilles wants to help take the kingdom of Troy, but doesn’t agree with the war.
“Hero worship is natural to humans” (Scheske). There are two heroes who get worshiped; Beowulf and Achilles. Beowulf is important because he fought a monster to save a kingdom. Achilles is important because he fought to avenge his cousin’s death and also to help the Trojan war. Both if these heroes have courage and strength, but their values differ from each other.
An epic poem is a long narrative poem that is usually about heroic deeds and events that are significant to the culture of the poet. The epic hero is the central figure that reflects the values and heroic ideals of a particular society. Beowulf and Odysseus have qualities that are both similar and very different. The major and most obvious similarity is that they are both heroes. These classic epic stories are about two men and what they went through to achieve fame and glory.