Hercules is very similar to Beowulf, an epic hero. They both share certain qualities, including some that make them desirable to each one's culture. Beowulf is valuable to the Anglo-Saxon people, and Hercules to the Greek people. Although Hercules was originally a foolish boy who made mistakes, he grew into a fabulous hero who is there to save the day. Hercules is a Beowulf-style hero because he has qualities of an epic hero, and is treasured by a group of people.
He is motivated by riches and fame. He does not change throughout the entire story. All he wants in life is gold all the way up to his death. "Beowulf" would relish in the thought of getting richer and gaining fame. "Beowulf" fought the infamous Grendel.
A warrior’s utmost quest is acquiring glory before death. In Beowulf, the hero of this epic does not let obstruction hinder his pursuit of glory. Throughout the poem Beowulf, fights and defeats two monsters and a dragon with the help of no one. The thing that matters the most to Beowulf is accomplishing sempiternal glory and fame. Although glorified Beowulf seemed to have a ultimate longing for supreme glorification as seen through his three valiant battles.
In the poem, it is evident that boasting is a way of asserting power and dominance on others in Beowulf’s society. In a way, boasting becomes essential to warriors in combat. This is exemplified when Beowulf boasts about his father’s prestige. He announces to the Danes that he is the son of Ecgtheow, a noble warrior-lord (Page 21). Although the Scyldings may not know who Ecgtheow is, they are still influenced by the fact that Beowulf is a son of some powerful and famous man.
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.
In the epic poem, Beowulf, the central character Beowulf demonstrates qualities of a hero, such as bravery, loyalty, and strength. Throughout the text, Beowulf is acknowledged for his heroic deeds and great defeats. He takes on challenges and sacrifices himself to protect his people. In traditional oral poetry, a theme is “a group of ideas regularly used in telling a tale in a formulaic style of a traditional song” (Lord, Singer,68). The theme of battle between Beowulf and Grendel shows Beowulf’s courage, as he relies on God and puts his life on the line to defeat Grendel for the greater good.
“A hero is someone who given his life to something bigger than oneself.” (Campbell) Beowulf is the Anglo Saxons. Beowulf most courageous warrior ever. He goes on quest and journeys and chose his path of being a hero and to kill monsters who ever tries to hurt Beowulf people. He keep his promises what the people ask him to do he will do it and serve his people. Beowulf is an epic hero because he is significant and glorified, risk deaths and he is ethical.
He fights to the best of his abilities against many monsters such as Polyphemus, Circe, and the sea monster Scylla. There has been many claims that Odysseus isn’t hero because he lets his crew die. Just because his crew didn’t survive, it certainly does not mean he isn’t a hero. He tries his very best and even test his limits in order to get him and his crew back home. An example of this is in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey” where Odysseus tries to persuade his crew to bypass Thrinacia, the island of the sun god Helios, but they were too stubborn and insisted on landing.
In the poem,”The wife's lament”, by Ann Stanford, and the excerpt of Beowulf, by an anonymous author both have distinct characters. For example, the wife in the poem states that,”I should find the man well matched to me hard for fortune mournful of mind hiding his mood thinking of murder”. (line 18-20) In this quote the other tries to describe how hard it is to deal with the wife and that the future husband should hide his murderous thoughts if he has any. However, in the Beowulf excerpt, Beowulf claims,”I slew nine sea-beasts with my sword. I have never heard of a fiercer fought by night under heaven’s vault nor of a man who endured more on the ocean streams.”(line 491-496).
“So Bisclavret was betrayed, / ruined by his own wife” (line 125-126, emphasis added). The addition of “own” emphasizes the [wrongness] of what his wife did not just because she did it but because she did it as his wife. Wives should be faithful to their husbands, and while Bisclavret’s wife did not have to stay with him (because he is, after all, a monster), she has promised herself to another man and stripped Bisclavret of his title, his lands, his humanity, his