It is evident from the beginning of the poem that Beowulf is meant to be the hero. He is strong, brave, and courageous but is also boastful and seeks only fame and glory. These characteristics are examples of things that could be related to hyper masculinity and are not necessarily desired in a hero today. In the quote “They have seen my strength for themselves, Have watched me rise from the darkness of war, Dripping with my enemies' blood. I drove Five great giants into chains, chased All of that race from the earth.
No matter what period in history, treasure and weaponry plays a role and its importance is ever changing. Throughout the Anglo-Saxon period, treasure and weaponry were highly valued among the kingdom and its people. Only those worthy enough to the King or Queen would receive treasure. Treasure was typically given to high-ranking warriors and loyal civilians that had accomplished some great deed. Beowulf shows that these men were so attached to those treasures and weapons that they buried them along with their dead to show their eternal loyalty.
Beowulf, the defender of Hrothgar and Heorot, exhibits much more sophisticated (and less sincere) reminder revenge than the Grendels mother. At the tip of the day, Beowulfs goal is to become the greatest mortal altogether the land. In his society, the sole thanks to gain such widespread celebrity is thru lionhearted and self-endangering acts. Beowulf masks these deeds with a fade of seeking revenge; he purportedly involves Heorot to save lots of the Danes from Grendels terror, however his true motives dwell turning into a hero. His reward isn't the pride of doing an honest deed; Beowulf is rewarded with lavish and pricey gifts.
At first, he is described as a valiant hero of the land, bravely fighting for King Duncan, but his overreaching ambition causes him to do vile acts, completely overriding his conscience. Macbeth’s conscience, although present, is vastly underpowered compared to his ambition. We see Macbeth’s conscience in scenes where he had just committed an evil act under the influence of ambition. Most notably, after he kills Duncan he says, “What hands are here? Ha, they pluck out mine eyes.
“The more I saw them, the greater my desire to claim their protection and kindness; my heart yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures: to see their sweet looks directed toward me with affection” (Shelley 86). These are the motivating words that a hero needs to hear to encourage him to embark on his journey. These are the words that prepare the hero for what is to come as he takes this leap of faith. Frankenstein's monster is the true hero of this story in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He is the true hero because he, like a hero develops a monstrous amount of courage to do something terrifying, he is extremely determined to reach his goal in order to be happy, and he is willing to risk certain aspects of his life that he values
Other heroes, like Gilgamesh and Odysseus, usually do heroic deeds to help their kingdoms and men. For example, Gilgamesh kills the heavenly bull to avoid a famine from wrecking his kingdom, while Odysseus works to save his men throughout the story multiple times. Loyalty towards himself before anyone or anything else, is one of the qualities that separates Beowulf from other traditional heroes. Ironically in his efforts to gain fame and riches, Beowulf 's traits overlap with those of an epic hero. More important than Beowulf 's lack of morality though, is the warrior 's lack of growth throughout the story.
In Beowulf, Beowulf must undergo three main trials in order to fulfill his destiny. Before Beowulf begins his quest, the unknown author drafts Beowulf as a hero whom the people of Geatland acknowledge and look up to. For example, as Beowulf recruited able warriors and prepared to set out to Denmark to save Hrothgar’s people from Grendel, no elder denied his plan. The elders’ respect for Beowulf, demonstrates his influence in society. In his past, Beowulf stated he, “Battled and bound five beasts,/ raided a troll-nest and in the night-sea/ slaughtered sea-brutes” (lns.
His loyalty shows when he tries to inspire his fellow warriors to help Beowulf. “I remember that time when mead was flowing, how we pledged our loyalty to our lord in the hall… now the day has come when this lord we serve needs sound men.” (Beowulf 764). Wiglaf’s willingness to give his life for another shines though when Beowulf attempts to kill a dragon but seems to be losing the fight. Wiglaf in an attempt to inspire his men exclaims “As God as my witness I would rather my body were robbed in the same burning blaze as my gold-giver’s body than go back home bearing arms.” (Beowulf
As can be seen Beowulf is a very attention to reputation and want to get people’s identity. In general, Beowulf is a brave and responsible, have the ideal person, The three times of battle, the first two is to help Hortghar destroy the monster. His character is largely influenced by his father, he lost his father when he was younger, so he let himself become more powerful, he want to be the people 's heroes, because his father had received Hortghar help, so Horghar also hope to get return from Beowulf. Treasure and reputation is a status symbol, so beowulf 's life in trying to
L Beowulf received these gifts as a reward for an incredible feet showing his power and skill to any who laid eyes on his earned goods. M This reward shows that Beowulf earned treasure for a marvelous feet that can later be shown to exhibit his accomplishments later in life. N Treasure in Beowulf not only is associated with respect and earning it, but as a display of power and BODY PARAGRAPH 3 EGold and treasure causes all consuming greed and envy in the tale of Beowulf, it is the driving force behind the plot starting Beowulf on his quest to kill Grendel and being the reason that his tale comes to an end. F A runaway slave stole a cup from the mighty dragon to appease his master G “The cup brought peace/To a slave, pleased his master, but stirred/ A dragon's anger”(2285-2287). H This is in a way a display of reckless greed.