If you say Hulk was the strongest I would tell you to put him up against Beowulf. If you told me Captain America was the best hero id tell you Beowulf the best, yes indeed. No one can compare to Beowulf supernatural strength, wisdom or bravery. He was loved by some and hated by many. He did his time and that was plenty.
Just as Dumbledoore fights to the death as in the book series of Harry Potter. Beowulf however, risks his life by defeating the evil villain Grendel, his mother, and the dangerous dragon. “Beowulf had killed Grendel, ended the grief, the sorrow, the suffering forced on Hrothgar’s helpless people by a bloodthirsty fiend.” (354). “I’d use no sword, no weapon, if this beast could be killed without it, crushed to death” (614). He risks it all to protect the Danes.
Youth and age play a vital role in this epic, with the first half dedicated to Beowulf’s youth and the second half dedicated to the end of Beowulf’s life. In his youth, Beowulf is a great warrior, characterized predominantly by his feats of strength and courage. He does extraordinary things that no other man can do, such as driving “Five great giants into chains” swimming “In the blackness of night, hunting monsters/ Out of the ocean, and killing them one/ By one” (Lines 420, 422-424). Also, as Beowulf prepares to fight Grendel, he states, “ ‘I could kill him with my sword; I shall not,/ Easy as it would be’ ” (Lines678-679). Because of his confidence and knowledge of personal strength, Beowulf fights the most evil monster with his bare hands and comes out victorious.
The Heroic Journey of the Incredible Hercules Hercules was the son of Zeus and Alcmene. He was born hated by the goddess Hera because of Zeus’ relationship with Alcmene. From an early age Hercules got his first taste of near death experinces when two snakes were placed in his cradle but he grabbed both of those snakes with his shockingly strong hands for an infant and killed them. Hercules life proved already to be a dangerous one, but little did he know that his Hero’s Journey was ahead of him. Hercules life was already a champion wrestler, an excellent marksman with a bow and arrow, and having the ability of superhuman strength just added to his heroic charisma.
Grendel terrorizes the people of the land, ripping men apart with his brute strength. The epic poem Beowulf tells the story of a warrior who throughout his life overcomes evils. It has many references to Anglo-Saxon ideals of bravery, strength, and courage. For example, Beowulf brashly lists his accomplishments before entering each battle: "But the truth is simple: no man swims in the sea as I can, no strength is a match for mine ¦ other monsters crowded around me, continually attacking. I treated them politely, offering the edge of my razor-sharp sword, (265-294).
There’s lot of differences and similarities between the poem and the movie.. The story starts when the kingdom of Hrothgar was plauged for 12 yrs by a monster named Grendel. The monster attacks in the night and kills off nobles and warriors. The news of attacks reaches Beowulf, a great noble. He decided to help Hrothgar and travels to Denmark to kill their monster.
We can see this as a characteristic of an epic hero because now Beowulf is the king of his people and is very old. The fact that he is super old says that he is truly risking death. Now Beowulf takes himself and eleven other men with him to the dragon tower. He goes in all by himself to fight this dragon. He finds the dragons treasure and then wham the battle is off.
With horror Rainsford realized that General Zaroff actually hunts humans. With this General Zaroff forces Rainsford to be hunted by him. The Most Dangerous Game is a good piece of literature. Countless elements that create a story are used by the author. Examples of personification are, “He struggled up to the surface and tried to cry out, but the wash from the speeding yacht slapped him in the face.” "Well done, your Burmese tiger trap claimed one of my best dogs!
Beowulf risks losing everything, including his own life to ensure that the people of Herot are safe three times in the epic. Once, when he defeats Grendel with only his bare hands. Another, when he almost fell weak, but managed to behead Grendel’s ferocious mother. Lastly, when Beowulf and his men attack the dragon in its den. Beowulf shows his fellow supporters that he is capable of being a strong and powerful leader.