Epic heroes have been written about in literature for as long as there was writing. An epic hero must have superhuman qualities to enhance their character. Epic heroes usually show some relations towards a god or gods in their story. Epic heroes comes across many temptations and embark on a trip into the underworld. Epic heroes follow a certain archetype in literature that follows their adventures and Beowulf is no exception.
The Anglo-Saxon time period is marked with trials of courageous men sacrificing themselves for the sake of others in battle. By defeating the egregiously violent monster Grendel, Beowulf not only becomes a true Anglo-Saxon due to his bravery, but he demonstrates the Anglo-Saxon value of fame. The poet displays Beowulf’s bravery through his actions and words throughout the epic story. When Beowulf encounters a fearsome dragon, the poet mentions that “He [Beowulf] had scant regard/for the dragon as a threat, no dread at all/of its courage or strength” (Beowulf 2347-2349). Beowulf, had such confidence in himself that he believed he could defeat a dragon by himself.
He dove deep and fought her with his bare hands for swords could not penetrate her figure. She bit into his Helmet and left bite marks, something nothing has ever done before “bit holes in his helmet”. Beowulf and she fought barehanded until Beowulf saw a sword that was specially forged by the giants and blessed with their magic. It was the only thing that could stop her. He gripped the sword and swung to cut off her head and leave her on the ground, lifeless.
But in the movie, Dragon happens to be the child of Beowulf and Grendel’s mother. As in poem, Dragon was terrorized the people but in movie it came searching for its father. The dragon, son of both Grendel’s mother and Beowulf, tries to kill other people but not Beowulf. Beowulf was strongest men in the poem but in the movie he did not kill Grendel’s mother. He come out as a weak man in the movie compare to the poem.
Beowulf is about how the Danes built a great mead hall to gather and Grendel came and ruined it, killing a lot of the Danes in the process. Beowulf accepts Hrothgar's favor to fight Grendel, and Beowulf goes off and boasts about his accomplishments. He fights Grendel and wins! Towards the end, Beowulf dies due to a dragon bite. Grendel does not deserve sympathy because he invaded the Mead Hall, killed humans, and was irredeemable.
Wallace leaps into the special world with the fury of Murron’s death driving him to become stronger. The first test that faces him is the soldiers that invaded the village. He assumes the role of a leader which is a very important part of his development of a character. He leads the charge against the oppressors and wins sparking the Scottish Revolution portrayed by the movie. Wallace then does to the magistrate what he done to Murron which is decapitating him.
Beowulf is about a warrior from Geatland who takes on the task of getting rid of a monster named Grendel who is terrorizing King Hrothgar’s land. He then kills the monster and it’s mother a while later only to face that his own kingdom is being terrorized many years later by a dragon. He successfully destroys the dragon, but not without giving up his own life. The 13th Warrior is about Northmen warriors, and an Arab, who takes a journey to another land to rid them of some type of “creatures”. King Hrothgar needs these 13 men to get rid of these “creatures” who won’t stop killing off the people of his village.
The Geatish Prince, Beowulf, lept into combat when he discovered the apparent sufferings of his neighboring country... by the hand of a terrible demon called Grendel. This is the beginning of the poem epic; where our hero is immediately called to action. Other than these not-so-humble-beginnings, the poem expresses some light into the hero’s home origin, including that he was indeed a prince, from a long lineage of royalty. Beowulf came from the land of the Geats, which reigned as a land of great power and rule. So when he came to slay the beast that he had heard about, he was already in great stature and in great company.
In M.A Roberts’ Beowulf the story of a great hero, Beowulf, is told. The story follows Beowulf as he goes from being a warrior, simply trying to pay off a man-debt, to becoming a king who is later forced to return to battle for a final time. He was truly qualified as a hero being that he was characterized as both abnormally strong and courageous. However, the main reason he is characterized as a hero is due to his story, similar to other epic heroes Beowulf is no different and had to endure the hero cycle containing flaw, restitution, and resurrection.
Beowulf is attacked by Grendel’s mother and dragged toher cave. He tries to hit her with his sword but does not succeed in piercing her skin.in frustration Beowulf attacks her with his bare hands. He manges toknock down grendels mother. Grendel mother attends to fight back and end up sititng on top of Beowulf. She desperately tries to kill Beowulf, but his armor protects him from her attacks.