Through these battles, Beowulf’s strength, humbleness and courageousness is revealed. These are characteristics that are crucial in defining an epic hero. However, every epic hero has a tragic flaw. Beowulf’s tragic flaw is his pride. His tragic flaw is evident throughout the novel thinking he can win them all.
Wiglaf knows of the many triumphs Beowulf endeavors, and sees it as an encouragement. If Beowulf was able to defeat, why couldn't Wiglaf. Wiglaf is extremely brave to continue the fight Beowulf had started and kill the dragon as his loyalty shines through. Beowulf and Wiglaf are genuinely loyal characters in the epic poem. The two inferior men endeavored many hardships throughout because of their loyalty to others.
I know I couldn’t but I guess that’s where bravery kicks in for this well-known hero name Beowulf. Beowulf is very wise and i stick with my statement because he thinks before he talk or do anything. Like with Grendel, the whole entire land of the kings’ men was trying their hardest to kill him. But Beowulf stayed up all and analyzed Grendel as he killed one the men. He prepared for every fight thoroughly.
However, that doesn’t represent a hero so Beowulf knowing he might not make it back, knows he must fight and he “feels no shame, with shield and sword” (101, 2517-2520). This shows he isn’t even fighting for glory; he is fighting because he knows he must end this dragon’s life before his is ended. He fights for his people, for what is right, and nothing else. Beowulf is an epic hero because he represents himself with the characteristics of supernatural strength, courage and the will to fight for what’s right. There is no possible way Beowulf will be forgotten and his legacy will carry on throughout time and his tale will live on
The difference between both of them is that they aspire to two very different aspects of life; She wants respect and he wants power, we see that those two principles do not always agree with each other. We obviously see that both are ready to face the extreme. But Creon could not be considered as a Sophoclean hero because all he does is respect what he has to do, the written laws. He could have made an exception, especially for his niece but he did not. Antigone was overpowered by unwritten laws, which are what makes her a Sophoclean hero.
Beowulf shows bravery in line 158 “… Death was errand.” He states that he will fight to his death. He will not back up from his fight with Grendel even if it might cost him his life. Beowulf also shows courage in line 154 “… I drove five great giants into chains.” By Beowulf’s statement he shows how he is not afraid of fighting anyone. Beowulf shows courage which makes him fit the image of an epic hero. Beowulf is also considered to be a leader.
He put his life on the line for the people but not just for the people some for his own selfish reasons as described above. His pride would not let him back down from a challenge or waiver in any sort of battle/competition. His greedy ways sent him on a course headed for destruction since he had an insatiable appetite for fame and glory. All together Beowulf was a great guy that did what he could for the people that praised him. He had faults just like everyone else because nobody is perfect.
Creon wants the people to obey him and respect him, but he has not given them a reason to. The decisions that he makes are bad ones that hurt his people as well as his own reputation and family. It is only when he can’t take the suffering anymore that he is driven by grief, but still he will not give up his power. Another strong reason why Creon should not continue to be king is because he is too stubborn and proud to be a ruler. A good leader should know when to kneel down instead of trying to put everyone and everything under him.
Okonkwo's one and only weakness was his fear of becoming a failure like his father. This fear drove Okonkwo to embrace the values of manliness and fueled his desire to be strong; which then drove him to rashness and in the end contributed to his death. Accepting the ways of manhood isn’t a sign of weaknesses, the problem is how narrowly he defines it. Okonkwo was part of a patriarchal society and the male gender was already established with great authority. For Okonkwo, however, any kind of softness and tenderness was a sign of weakness.
A hero in a quest to fight for glory and the greater good of society. Brave deeds to help others to put to an end there nightmare. Beowulf was a mortal but had the strength like no other human; he was a super human with courage and intelligence. Risking his life for the safety of others where his death came upon it. First, Beowulf heard about Dane land being tormented