Beowulf is an epic from the Anglo-Saxon period about a hero who takes on great challenges and adventures. The character Beowulf embodies the virtues of the Anglo-Saxon culture and beliefs. He embodies the traits of Anglo-Saxon society: strength, bravery, honor, and the desire to help the helpless. He takes on three monsters in which he is announced for his heroic deeds defeating two out of the three fights. In the end, Beowulf is the mighty legend that everyone will not forget.
Odysseus and his men all gathered up and stabbed the Cyclop in his eye, and Odysseus had the urge to say his name out loud (“The Odyssey). Another example is when Phaethon had so much pride, he got his father to let him drive the chariot to the sun. His father granted the boy’s wishes and gave him the reigns, but with him not knowing how to control the chariot it went out of control and he later on died (Atsma). This provides the key aspects of Greek mythology and culture because of the important roles Cronos, Scylla, Fatal Flaw/Hubris play.
Christopher Priest’s novel The Prestige centers on the secrets and plots of two rival magicians: Alfred Borden and Rupert Angier. Early in Borden’s magic career, he devises an act known as The New Transported Man. His fame along with his wealth skyrockets and he is deemed the greatest magician. However, to reach this level in his career, he sacrifices many aspects in his life in order to protect the secret of his best act: Alfred Borden is in reality a pair of twin brothers.
In talking to Hrothgar, Beowulf boasted of his “...awesome strength,” and time when he “...battled and bound five beasts, raided a troll-nest and in the night-sea slaughtered sea-brutes” (418-422). Right away, Beowulf established himself as a hero with his confidence and pride, and later that evening he went on to defeat Grendel, boldly holding up Grendel’s amputated arm with dignity. Beowulf accepted Hrothgar’s
Fatalism is a significant theme in the poem, and is present even in the commencement of Beowulf’s epic hero journey. His first trial is his battle against the demon, Grendel. However, the outcome has already been decided, as seen when he and his men are preparing for the fight and, “They knew too well the way it was before,/ how often the Danes had fallen prey/ to death in the mead-hall. But the Lord was weaving/ a victory on His war-loom for the Weather-Geats/…they would crush their enemy and come through/ in triumph and gladness” (Beowulf 694-700). After arriving to Heorot Hall, Beowulf must face Grendel, the first trial of his hero cycle.
Beowulf: The Final Battle Beowulf, lines 2824-2835, depicts the aftermath of the grand battle between Beowulf, also known as the Geatish hero, and The dragon, a gruesome and vengeful creature. To briefly summarize the occurrence; a slave enters a sleeping dragon’s barrow and steals one of his treasures, a golden cup. The dragon awakes to find his treasure cup missing. Engulfed with rage, the creature flies into the kingdom in order to seek revenge. The dragon spews flames burning down homesteads and ultimately causing distress among the men.
There is only one man that is not afraid to confront this enormous beast, Beowulf. Beowulf is fearless and eventually rips the arm off of Grendel and brings it upon King Hrothgar. The people are overjoyed and feast in the great hall. Grendel’s mother however is furious about the death of her son. Beowulf kills Grendel’s mother with his sword.
In other words, the more fame you have, the better reputation. Beowulf gained fame by conquering Grendel, Grendel’s mother and the dragon, which in turn gained him an outstanding reputation. Each member of Beowulf’s society wanted a good reputation in order for their fame to live on even after they pass. Beowulf achieved this goal as we can see in this quote from lines 281-284 “telling their sorrow, telling stories of their dead king and his greatness, his glory, praising him for heroic deeds, for a life as noble as his name.” Beowulf’s fellow soldiers mourned his passing, and believed their was no greater than
(Gardner 74). Through this conversation with the Dragon, Grendel is introduced to nihilism. The Dragon tells Grendel “I know everything, you see… The beginning, the present and the end.” (Gardner 62). He is also seen as stubborn and greedy because he sits in his lair all day long and counts his treasures.
All of his accomplishments were honored because of his role in the war and history. Because of this, Churchill was elected prime minister again in october 1951 once again for his great leadership. But, Churchill did suffer from health issues and could not deal with being a prime minister and doing all the work. Churchill resigned from politics in 1955 due to his illness. The article stated he won “Nobel prize for Literature and order of the Garter” (“Winston Churchill Prime Minister of United Kingdom”).
Prepared to spill the blood of unsuspecting, intoxicated warriors in their slumber, Grendel fleetly removed the strengthened door to the Herot with monstrous strength and cruelty. Grendel's strides were expansive. With every step, the beast's huge, thickened feet much flew, one once the opposite. the ground gave the impression to be instantly displaced owing to his spectacular lightness. " His eyes gleamed within the darkness, burned with a grotesque light".
A Hero's Journey thru Life Throughout life there will be many challenges that will present themselves some of them will be caused by someone else but others will be caused by yourself. Some people will call these people Foes or Anti-Heros. They can range from a monster called Grendel to just a teacher at your high school or just earning the high school diploma. The “Hero” will need to overcome the foe in whatever way they chose. For a high school student there are many foes that one might need to overcome, one of them is graduating high school.