His men desert him when he goes to fight the dragon. “Although he wanted this challenge to be one he’d face by himself alone” (2642-2644) one loyal comrade raised his sword along side Beowulf. “That final day was the first time when Beowulf fought and fate denied him glory in battle” (2573-2575) Wiglaf, who stood beside Beowulf, was able to land a killing blow to the dragon. In the 3 battles that we read about in Beowulf, we see
However, Beowulf is not a young man anymore. He is now older and has the duty, as king, of protecting his people. So, he sets out to find the dragon and kill it. The passage “BEOWULF ATTACKS THE DRAGON” begins with Beowulf and his men standing outside the cave talking. He mentions that he would rather fight with dragon with no weapons at all like he did with Grendel.
Thus, leaving him with no protection. Also, during the battle, Beowulf’s sword was broken, this left Beowulf with no weapon. Though, thanks to one of Beowulf’s warriors, Wiglaf. The two were then able to slay The Dragon. Another similarity in the 3 battles is that Beowulf retrieved a prize from each
Fifty years ahead and now King Beowulf faced a task of killing a dragon. He would “[fight] with fate against him” (724) seeing as his “the ancient blade broke” (727) while striking the dragon’s side. The beloved king would eventually die with “None of his comrades\Came to help him” (745-746) and his “Followers… ran for their lives…” (745-748). King Arthur’s story is also an epic poem which speaks about an honorable leader who will do anything to defend his people. Arthur went off to battle, with his comrades at his side the whole time and is able to defeat his foe, but doing so left him fatally injured, until he is eventually killed.
49). He swam into the darkness of night hunting monsters out of the ocean, and killing them one by one. Do to Beowolf’s greatness people weren’t afraid. The older he got the weaker he became. However, a fire breathing dragon that was guarding the treasure for hundreds of years was disturbed.
First, in various stories Odysseus is very contradicting to himself because he is only hero-like some of the time. When he and his men were raiding the Cyclops’ cave they could have left before the Cyclops got there and they could have avoided a lot of trouble. But Odysseus wanted to be a hero and wanted to stay and fight the Cyclops. This was a very selfish move of him and ended up being the wrong decision because it cost him a few of his best men. Later when he redeems himself he tells the Cyclops his name is nobody and gets him drunk.
He has given up his own life so that the citizens of Gotham will not have to endure the tragedy that he did. He puts others above his own personal life without expecting anything in return. Batman fights crimes daily with the help of the Gotham police, but many ponder whether he actually is a hero because he does not kill his enemies and get rid of them for good. He has
Beowulf satisfies the idea in which Ambrose Redmoon recognizes, “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear”. Sitting awake in uncertainty, Beowulf decides to fight the hideous creature, Grendle, in order to aid the terrorized Danes. Prior to the battle with Grendel, Beowulf declares, “I mean to stand, not run from his shooting/Flames, stand till fate decides/Which of us wins” (l. 637-639). Beowulf faced the dragon bravely even though “[He] did not know when he challenged the dragon how his end would come” (Ogilvy and Baker 70). The poem recurrently gives evidence to Beowulf‘s extraordinary strength.
“To the outlaw hero’s insistence on private standards of right and wrong, the official hero offered the admonition, ‘You cannot take the law into your own hands’” (Ray 382). Batman has his own ideas of right and wrong. He does not follow every law, because if he did he would not be able to save the lives of all the people in the city. Batman is not afraid to go above and behind the law in order to have justice served to the villain. Batman may not always follow the “typical rules”, but he still remains a hero.
Beowulf eventually becomes king and dies defending his people from a fire dragon. Beowulf accomplishes his hero cycle through heroic deeds, encounter with numinous phenomenon, and his death, proving he is an ideal hero. To begin, Beowulf starts off the hero cycle strong by performing heroic deeds leading up to his challenge. He says, “A monster seized me, drew me swiftly toward the bottom, swimming with its claws tight in my flesh, but fate let me find its heart with my sword, hack myself free; I fought that beast’s last battle, left it floating lifeless in the sea” (Beowulf 273-278). Once in a swimming race Beowulf had been attacked by a sea monster and had to save himself.