He has accomplished what no one could ever do! Beowulf is not a typical hero, but rather a more mundane hero, who’s only power is strength, and is bound by mortality. Honor is a quality not easily achieved. Beowulf, however, has easily acquired this trait, as he is respected for his great defeats all over the lands described in the
Macbeth was seen as a brave and noble man by all of his peers, and even King Duncan himself. This is why Duncan proclaimed “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won,” (1.2.67) referring to the fact that he named Macbeth to be Thane of Cawdor. One would think that after such accomplishment, Macbeth would be satisfied with his position. However, this is not the case. Chris risks his family, his secrets, his position gained in the high class society.
Oedipus as well meets the second characteristic of Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero and that is being an honorable man and his downfall was caused by pure injustice. Oedipus was never an evil ruler toward the people. He was always a king that cared about his people.
Wiglaf speaks of how he gave them war-gear and land and as Beowulf is about to dies and tells his men to give the treasure to the people. Beowulf is a great warrior because of his supernatural abilities and strength. The battle with Grendal showed that Beowulf had supernatural abilities he was strong and fearless in his pursuit to take down Grendal. Beowulf’s strength is shown when he takes hold of the Grendal’s claws and the monster fights to get away. Grendal a monster so powerful that he could he fifteen men a
He is selfless and cares for his people, which pays off for him and earns him rule over everything and everyone, but also establishes him as the “main” god for an entire civilization. On the other hand, Gilgamesh is only a king who already abuses his power and is not well-received by his people. His accomplishments, such as seeking out to kill Humbaba, are motivated by his desire to become eternally famous. “Should I fall, I will have established my fame” (P.83, 90). This shows that his desire for fame is so strong that he would put his own life and the life of his best friend on the line to achieve it.
He was an extremely perseverant man, and no matter what anyone else said, they could never stop John Proctor. He even stood bravely in the face of death, knowing that he would go peacefully since he was finally able to forgive himself and he, as well as his wife, found the good in him. This is the reason why John Proctor is the most admirable character of the
He both consumed and attacked people while they slept. Many men had attempted to kill Grendel, however, before Beowulf, no man could prevail. "...so Grendel ruled, fought with the righteous, One against many and won..."(Beowulf line 81,82).Despite being faced with the certainty of his own demise, Beowulf still insist attacking Grendel, and defeating him. Beowulf kills Grendel in a most unusual way. In this violent scene, rather than attacking him with a sword like every other Geat, he grabs onto Grendel’s arm and squeezes until the torture is unbearable.
“The Heroism of Beowulf” In this poem, Beowulf is a hero. A hero is someone who takes a chance by performing acts of kindness. Beowulf was no just a hero because of his physical strength, but because he gave his glory to God. Beowulf is the top hero who put his life on the line for a whole kingdom. Beowulf’s heroism is shown when he takes fourteen brave men in his land to help Hrothgar.
Unfortunately, because of his cowardly presence, nobody “showed him (any) sympathy” (71). Mathu has just about the opposite reputation in the area. The people respect him like they “don’t respect too many (other) men”(178). No matter what color the person is, black or white, they look up to Mathu. This is mostly because he has “always stood up” to anyone and for anything he believes in.
Beowulf could slay the greatest monster of all, Grendel. Beowulf killed Grendel; Grendel had never come to such a match among a stronger person "That shepherd of evil, guardian of crime knew at once that nowhere on earth had he met a man whose hands were harder". This shows the physical strength that Beowulf embodied. And Beowulf also shown honors of a warriors when he defeated Grendel. Beowulf was fearless of all opponents and fought to defend his fame and glory.