Every man during that time wanted to be Beowulf because he was known widely for his bravery and honor during times of battle. Beowulf fought Grendel with his bare hand because he cared about his image so much that he wanted people to know he was the strongest man alive. Image hasn’t changed much throughout time because all men still want to be the modern day Beowulf. People still care about how others see them and that will never change. Being seen as strong and brave is still a very popular image today.
The true definition of an epic hero is a character that will take on any challenge even it risks death, posses’ godly strength and ability, and finally will valiantly sacrifice themselves for the good of their people and ideals. In this case, Beowulf is the spitting image of an epic hero. Not only does he fit the description but also he emits pure heroism in almost every thing he does from fighting Grendel to the Dragon. Beowulf portrays the epic hero in the following ways such as taking on seemingly impossible challenges like his swimming competition with Breca, possessing godly and superhuman strength when fighting Grendel and his mother, and finally sacrificing himself by fighting and defeating the Dragon while also dying for his people. Beowulf could not fit the image, attitude, and qualities of an epic hero any more perfect.
If one is brave, they’re generally arrogant. Beowulf was very arrogant, in that he is constantly saying he’s the strongest man alive and that no man’s strength is a match for his. Being boastful is a strong suit of an epic hero. If one thinks or knows they can do something, it gives them the determination and drive it takes to get the job done. Beowulf brags about his many, many battles, even in his later years.
Beowulf is my favorite character because he is strong, courageous and loyal. First, Beowulf is a very strong man. In all the story that I read I look that Beowulf is a man of admirable exploits. He has the strength of thirty men in his arms, and would use this strength to aid anyone in need. Upon hearing of the plight of Grendel and the ill happenings in Hrothgar’s kingdom, Beowulf immediately gathers his entourage to help the king and defend Heorot.
His strength and courage are incomparable, and he is way more humble and honorable than many of the bad warriors around him. Beowulf displays his great strength again and again. Whether he was fighting sea monsters, Grendel's mother, or a horrible fire-breathing dragon, Beowulf showed that his courage and strength should be an inspiration to all warriors. Strength and physical appearance are substantial to the Anglo-Saxon warrior. Beowulf is described as having the strength of "thirty men" in just one arm, and when he first arrives in the land of the Danes, the watchmen sees the mighty warrior and says, "I have never seen a mightier warrior on earth than is one of you, a man in battle-dress" (Beowulf, 7).
In most of Beowulf’s battles he faced the monster alone showing his heroic bravery and great skills (103). Beowulf single-handedly defeated a monster named Grendel that had been defeating armies in Denmark, proving that he was the greatest of all the heroes of that time and the most significant (37). But like all great heroes, Beowulf earned his respect and title of central hero through the defeat of multiple enemies. Earning any great title with one conflict is almost impossible; Beowulf took part in various conflicts to earn his. One of Beowulf’s great victories was Grendel.
The ability to lead effectively is one of the most prestigious and highly desired traits throughout history. The success and accomplishments for groups of all sizes is often directly related to the efficiency of their leader. A leader is someone who not only can inspire and help a group to reach their common goals; but is willing to take on such action and responsibility in doing so. A true leader is able to separate oneself from the rest of the group to set the example. They demonstrate the very characteristics that are sought out to complete the tasks at hand, clearly identifying and living by these values.
Martin Luther King called out to the right minded people “Now is the time to stand as tall proud unfettered men and it is time to cast off the shackles of oppression and go forth into the light of freedom.” (Reality Magazine 1996-2006) Simply because of the actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. our entire world has benefited from his strength and trying efforts, because of his outstanding leadership which brought out hope and determination for change to millions people. His philosophy for life and humanity was
Passion and Dedication it is amongst the most important leadership characteristics. A leader is always passionate about his goal or aim in life. A leader is always ready to sacrifice on certain things to achieve his goal. He always stands by for what he believes in and has the ability to steer public opinion. A leader sternly follows his ethics and principles in all odd situations and never gives up.