This epic shows us different heroes who are good, evil villains and demons, and how the two battle each other constantly. Beowulf has a couple of different heroes that vary in what they do. Beowulf is always described as a selfless hero who fights for justice. “Thus Beowulf bore himself with valour; he was formidable in battle yet behaved with honour and took no advantage” (Beowulf 149). When the warriors
This shows how even though he was old and weak, he still doesn’t back down and is still dedicated to fight monsters. Beowulf’s dedication is so great that he goes in knowing that the odds are against him but he would rather die fighting than cowering out. Secondly, when fighting Grendel’s mother Beowulf “discovered that no sword could slice her evil skin” yet after his weapon fails him he continues using his resources until finding a weapon and “ striking her with all (the) strength he had left, caught her in the neck and cut it through...her body fell”(Raffel 1521-1522 1565-1567). During Beowulf’s battle with
The story of Beowulf is all about the strength, fearless and a weakness of a man. Beowulf is a brave man he fights for his kingdom with honor. But he forgot on how to be a man to himself. Beowulf tends to fights and kills the monster which is Grendel. The mother of Grendel had revenge and also made a promise to Beowulf and at the same time Beowulf is so easily tempted by the promises that offered to him.
This time, Beowulf is much older and is in a much weaker state than when he first defeated Grendel and his mother. However, that does not deter Beowulf from going out and defending his kingdom. This scene is relevant due to its differing plot from the other two slayings. During the killing of Grendel, Beowulf tears off his arm and ultimately destroys the wretched monster alone and without frivolous weapons. When the duel between Grendel’s mother arises, Beowulf
He is an extremely courageous man who never let his men stand alone and fought along with his soldiers. Macbeth’s greed makes him become an entirely different person throughout the story. In the beginning maybe he is known as weak after murdering Duncan but by the end, the reader will know that he is a very strong and willfulness man. A good king should always have stability because they need to have good decision makings and have outstanding leadership skills. Macbeth is a perfect example of a good tragic hero.
Back then, in order to be classified as a hero, the man must have risked his own life, went through numerous challenges without giving up, and triumphed over some sort of evil or bad. Homer’s Odysseus, fell into the hero category because he left his home in order to go fight a nasty battle in Troy. However once the war was over, Odysseus's travel home was nothing but easy. He encountered all sorts of things from cyclops to a whirlpools to enchanted females who turned men into animals, and much more. Odysseus pulled through all these obstacles and made it back to his homeland to reclaim his power as king.
Grendel and Beowulf continued to fight, displaying only some of the bravery that Beowulf had within himself. Only until Beowulf killed Grendel and ended the suffering that was on Hrothgar’s helpless people, had Beowulf proven that he was a brave Geatish warrior just as the people said he was. Correspondingly, Gilgamesh defeated Humbaba for his own sake, but also in a brave matter. Gilgamesh stood upon Humbaba “and then he raised his ax up higher and swung it in a perfect arc into Humbaba’s neck,” killing the monster (“Gilgamesh” l. 46-480). To glorify his unreasonable bravery, Gilgamesh hung Humbaba’s head on one of the cedar
The story revolves around a great Swedish hero who came to prominence by putting an end to the destruction of his land and people which was brought on by vicious monsters. He was one of the best warriors of his land and eventually took on the role of a king due to his victories against his people’s worst enemies, taking many of them out weaponless. Although this great warrior, Beowulf, grew older and weaker and therefore was not so capable of defeating
Both Beowulf and Gilgamesh possess great physical strength, and courageousness as leaders of their respective cultures. They both fight battles that are mythological and impossible for a normal man to fight in. Beowulf fights the monster Grendel, and Gilgamesh fights the guardian monster Humbaba. They both defeat their enemies, something that someone that does not possess their strength and courage could not do. But Beowulf is selfless and fights only for his people, and not himself.
At the near end of the story, there was an army of men who went to fight and defeat Vortigern. The person who led the attack was Uther Pendragon. If a hero is all the things that were mentioned, then Uther Pendragon must be a hero. When he led the attack, he didn’t turn back to save himself,. Uther risked his life knowing that Vortigern had an army of wizards against him and if Uther and his army lost the battle., Hhe knew that he would be in danger since he lead the attack and was still brave enough to do it.