The Greatest Gatz “Hero, a male character portrayed in a dramatic work” (Webster’s Dictionary) the word hero defines Gatsby in so many ways; Gatsby is the hero in The Great Gatsby. Gatsby will do anything to gain what he wishes, Gatsby has waited a very long time and now he must strike. A hero like Gatsby cannot get what he wants without help. Gatsby must gain trust and kindness from a person before he can complete what has started, and that someone is Nick. Gatsby needs Nick otherwise he cannot conquer the final land he still has not.
A Tale of Two Kings The Hobbit and Arthurian legend are two of the most famous works of British literature. While Thorin Oakenshield may not be the main hero of The Hobbit, he and King Arthur are fairly similar. Joseph Campbell's basic steps of a typical hero's journey apply to both characters. The steps are based on years of literature and myth. People's values and beliefs about what makes a hero a hero are so common that Joseph Campbell was able to recognize the similarities between all the different stories and myths (Campbell Myth 4).
One of her quotes read that “Grendel escaped, but wounded as he could flee to his den, his miserable hole at the bottom of the mnarsh, only to die, to wait for the end”. Her revenge for the murder of her son is first observed when she invades Heorot. Grendel’s mother is not just a monster, she is a mother who has human-like characteristics due to the fact that she is sad that her son was killed by the men. “Roared out a battle cry, a cry so loud and clear that it reached through the.....hung in the dragon’s ear. The beast rose, angry knowing that a man had come”.
The characteristics of superhuman strength and courage are seen throughout the story of Beowulf and define why he is an epic hero. Beowulf gets these characteristics because the people want to show that only Beowulf could be the only one to defeat Grendel because everyone else who tried failed and got killed. Beowulf is an epic hero because he performs brave deeds. We can see this in the scene after he fights Grendel. Even though that is all that he planned on doing he stayed and went to go find Grendel’s mother and kill her since she was in distraught of her only son dying, and she took Hrothgar’s friend.
Grendel- Demon with human feelings. Attacks heoret because he was mad that he couldn’t attend the banquet. Lost his arm and died of blood loss. Grendel’s mother- Seeks revenge for her son’s death and is called evil for it. She takes back Grendel’s arm and aeschere Unferth Danish warrior who is jealous of Beowulf and tries to belittle Beowulf when he arrives.
His maturation was confronting the suitors, setting sail, and his physical appearance of being like his father. He had courage and bravery throughout his journey of finding his father Odysseus that he continued without looking back. That’s how I saw the maturation of Telemachus becoming a man in the
Beowulf is definitely brave for fighting and living his life to protect others. For example he battles the treacherous monster Grendel in order to ensure that the rest of the village was safe from the tyranny of this beast. Despite the fact that he conquers this beast alone he was supposed to have help but was abandoned at the last second. This makes the task much more difficult for Beowulf. This quote gives certain evidence that Beowulf fights for others: “A prince of the
He fights valiantly and nearly kills the dragon himself. But, before he puts the final blow into the dragon, Wiglaf hesitates, and lets Beowulf take the final blow in slaying the dragon. Wiglaf displayed were his loyalties lied, and how important Beowulf was to him. Likewise, Comitatous is also displayed by battle two. At the end of the battle two verse Grendel’s mother, Beowulf’s soldiers wait out side the river for their hero to return.
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.
Sam Smith September 11, 2009 Duvall Honors English IV Beowulf the Superhero Beowulf being one of the first pieces of literature known to man during the middle ages demonstrates a character that shows the characteristics of a hero. Beowulf exemplifies the archetypal epic hero in four ways. His characteristics show that he is courageous, brave, has superior or super human strength and also has the ability to boast his accomplishments. Courage is the most evident through out Beowulf. Beowulf does now back down from any challenge that stands in his way whether it be the dragon, Grendel or Grendel’s Mother.