What defines a true ultimate hero? Beowulf, who was an epic hero was King Hrothgar’s “saving grace” when the Danes needed it the most, or Sir Gawain, who was remarkably loyal to his king as he stepped in to defend King Arthur and his fellow knights from being ridiculed from the Green Knight and was brave enough to accept the Green Knight’s “blow for a blow in one year's time” agreement? Both of these men were the most honorable heroes of their time but are very different types of heroes. One was a man who exemplified all values of an epic hero and the other was a noble knight who values the idea of chivalry and courtesy, above all else. The epic poem of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight is remembered by audiences around the world for the way Sir Gawain carried himself with exceptional courage and how courteous of an individual he was.
Beowulf fulfills all the requirements of an epic hero. First, he is the Prince of the Geats and the nephew of his king. This satisfies the need for a noble person. Second, Beowulf is of historical importance as he is the focus of the epic poem Beowulf. The focus on him and belief that he was real makes him legendary and important to come cultures.
Gawain learns that honesty is rewarding and lying has consequences. He is changed by the experience and travels back to Camelot, “ ‘Gawain rode back swiftly through the forest of Wirral, and after many more adventures he came to Camelot’ “(116). The narrator says King Arthur, “ ‘set him at his place at the round table. And of all the knights who ever sat there, few indeed were so worthy as Gawain.’ “(116). His treasure is not physical but is well earned and still fits the hero’s journey.
He comes to the castle and ask the people to play a game. No one really wants to play but a person bravely volunteers to play. He accepted the challenge and the game begun. The story is shocking and full of back biting; although, he accept the challenge, strike him, and told a slander during the game. Sir Gawain stands up and agreed to accept the challenge from the Green Knight.
In the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, we begin in King Arthur’s court at a Christmas feast. A stranger, who calls himself the Green Knight, interrupts the festivities proposing a game. Anyone from King Arthur’s court has the chance to have one swing to chop of the Green Knights head, but in return the brave man who does must find the Green Knight at the Green Chapel in a year’s time, and allow the Green Knight to return the favor. When no knight rushes to take on his challenge, the Green Knight insults the court by calling them cowards. "What, is this Arthur's house...Whose fame so fair in far realms and wide?
In part 1, a knight by the name of Gawain defends Arthur’s Court when a mysterious green knight ridicules and challenges the fellow knights during a New Year’s feast. “The man on the horse turned himself in his saddle, ferociously rolling his red eyes about, bunched up his eyebrows, bristling with green, swung his beard this way and that to see whoever would rise” (Black, lines 342-348). When the Green Knight dared a challenge to prove their cowardly character, Gawain accepts the challenge. “When no one answered he cried aloud, “To let this task be mine” (Black, lines 349-351). He displays a well-respected act of valor and then continues on his quest to execute the Green Knight’s
King Duncan was a mighty king indeed, who enjoyed his kingdom and his people. The book Macbeth portrays Duncan as a loving king and a good guy who still loved war. “See, see, our honour'd hostess /The love that follows us sometime is our trouble,/Which still we thank as love. (I.vi.13-15) a great king know his ways with words. Yet king Duncan wanted lands and victory ordered his loyal soldier Macbeth to bring the head of the rival king instead getting his own dirty, “What bloody man is that?
This scene in the story represents the Magic Weapon archetype. Beowulf uses the sword to fulfill his second task of the story, which essentially saves his life but would have been useless if not for his persistence and strength. Additionally, character archetypes are also very present in Beowulf. The archetypes present help depict what kind of character Beowulf is, and establish his leadership skills over his men. In the story, Beowulf is a Hero, and he is accompanied by his Loyal Retainers, who will do anything to protect Beowulf and stay by his side in
The writer of Beowulf is a mystery, but all Anglo-Saxon authors are. Anglo-Saxons loved to use metaphors and kennings. For example, the kennings in Beowulf are “Mere” (lake,pond,etc. ), “Battle-Sweat” (blood), or “Hilt” (handle). The kennings were used to make the story somewhat entertaining but it is meant to improvise short words into bigger meanings.
What are the most important traits of any hero? One of the most important characteristics of heroes is having honor in helping people. Without having honor you will not be considered a hero and treated just as an ordinary individual. Beowulf shows this when he has returned from a battle with a great monster, and he arrives home with much honor and success. He becomes an honorary king that everyone respects (33).