Chelsea Doyle Survey: English Literature I 2-22-11 Beowulf’s Heroism In the poem Beowulf, one's value as a hero is built on what he has done, and what he will do or the good of other people. A hero is someone who puts his or her own needs aside to do what is best for others. Heroism comes in many forms, but they all share a fundamental similarity: self-sacrifice. In Beowulf's case, there is no question as to whether or not he is a hero. He travels far and wide, telling tales of his exploits and undertaking new challenges in the name of his king.
Nina Ybarra Mr. Butler English 12CP 1-27-2015 Beowulf the Epic Hero A true hero does not fear death and will risk all that he is to protect people from great danger. Beowulf is an epic hero and tells a great story about a legend who overcomes all difficulties; almost as if he was immortal. All heroes share their characteristics of their preparedness to die, this is what marks their actions heroic. Throughout the epic Beowulf exhibits various characteristics that makes him an epic hero. One of the characteristics Beowulf demonstrations is his capability of deeds of great strength and courage.
Through its exploration of various veins of philosophical thought, including nihilism and solipsism, Gardner’s work introduces alternatives and challenges to the practicality of heroism. The primary goal of the Anglo-Saxon warrior was to act in accordance with the heroic code and to hopefully perform an action worthy enough to be remembered throughout history, passed down from generation to generation within poetry. The code encompasses several values that men of this era were expected to observe: bravery in battle, loyalty to king and kinsmen, and selfless acts that could help to achieve a greater good. This code was paramount to these societies as a means of understanding their places in the world and the threats that hovered outside their established communities. All people’s moral judgments stemmed from the framework of the heroic code and heroic ideals; individual actions could be judged in a clear-cut manner as either conforming to or violating the code.
Ahmet Meric Ozcan, 21102006 Achilles and Gilgamesh: Fair Villains A hero is someone who tries the best to help everyone and will do everything in his or her power to help out another person. The term hero means different things to different people. Today many people believe that a hero is a person who can accomplish what others can not or a person who puts themselves on the line for the other people. Men, women and children can all be heroes if they truly feel in their hearts the need to help others in even the smallest ways. In our modern world heroes are defined in so many ways.
This character is brought upon conflicts and challenges by inhuman creatures that threaten his existence and the perseverance of his culture. In the epic poem, Beowulf battles a monster named Grendel. This adversary and his conflicts are an allusion to the war against the fall of the Anglo-Saxon society, their values and morals. In some ways, Beowulf reminds the reader of the heroes in today's world. He has superior physical strength, he is ethical, and he risks his life to save others whose lives are in danger.
After reading and analyzing both Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, I received multiple perspectives of a “hero” and what that word meant during these time periods. Therefore, in both stories, it was evident that in order to be considered a hero during this time one had to be selfless and loyal to the king/crown by sacrificing oneself to maintain the tranquility within their kingdom. Nonetheless, in terms of Beowulf, I considered both the protagonist, Beowulf, and one of his warriors, Wiglaf, to be heroic individuals who portrayed all the necessary characteristics one must acquire to be considered a hero during this century. This was because Beowulf numerously sacrificed himself to protect King Hrothgar’s kingdom, when he battled
To have such awe inspiring powers so as to gain the trust and respect of your men to the extent that they would indeed take greater pleasure in their deaths than that of their leaders is truly incredible. This is the recognition point for the reader in which he or she can truly tell that Beowulf was a true hero to many people. Not only had Beowulf become a figure of fame in his life, but he had obtained the ultimate honor: Beowulf had become a legend, and, in that, Beowulf would forever continue to be a hero and to demonstrate his talent for generations to come as he had successfully saved his people, the Geats and the
What is The Real Meaning of an Epic Hero Mrs. Nelson A 5/6 Hannah Stevens The epic hero I chose to write about is Odysseus - a great example of an epic hero. A hero is someone who has done a good deed, but an epic hero is someone who continuously does good deeds. The story of Odysseus was filled with exciting adventures, one after the other, and I felt that I couldn’t put the book down until I knew how it would end. I chose Odysseus because he is someone who has gone through so many adventures, against great odds, all with bravery and courage. Odysseus is a hero because he came up with the idea to make the Trojan horse when he was at war against the Trojans.
He was also extremely arrogant. Beowulf decided to do what no other warrior would do, to go to Daneland and defeat the demon Grendel. He wanted to do this so that he would be viewed as a hero, instead of just a young, unproven warrior. He knew who he was, but he wanted the