He had help by means of his followers and the princess. Nothing like William Wallace, Gilgamesh fought the monster by himself. Gilgamesh fought to save his friend and became famous for that. Their challenges were successful because they meet their goals. William Wallace was wrath at the British for killing his wife.
Many people recognize Beowulf as the hero of Anglo-Saxon time due to amazing strength and courage. Thou he had hero like qualities, Beowulf could also be considered a selfish hero because his speech, thoughts, and actions showed that he would do anything to succeed. Throughout a few defeated battles Beowulf justified his loses to make him look more successful. Beowulf relied on his own destinies so much that is let him to Denmark to fulfill his "Destiny" and kill a known unbeatable monster named "Grendel". Thou he doesnt know the true outcome of his beliefs he wasnt conscious of his own or other peoples lives but instead focused on his natural wanted defeat.
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. At the end they find a spot in a forest which read, “Here Lies Arthur, the once and Future King”. Both stories conveyed an epic story of a hero who did what they could in their position. Both King’s fought until their death defending off against a foe their people wouldn’t do well with. They also were similar in the way that both men are considered to be the dead
However, there are also similarities between these 3 fights. The first similarity of the 3 fights in Beowulf is that Beowulf didn’t use or was unable to use weapons against the 3 beasts. In the fight with Grendal, Beowulf and his leading men tried to stab Grendal with swords but were completely unsuccessful and Grendal was unharmed by the swords. This causes Beowulf to kill the beast with his own hands. In the battle with Grendal’s Mother, Beowulf’s mortal sword was also unsuccessful in killing this beast.
Firstly, Martin and several friends launched a surprise attack on Badrang’s castle. This was phase one of his plan to get revenge on Badrang. After this attack had been going on for quite some time, the castle finally crumbled to the ground. In the hurry to destroy all enemy forces, Badrang escaped unnoticed by everyone; except for the keen eye of Martin. The final part of this ultimate test was to slay Badrang.
Furthermore, bringing out an ax to kill a monster much bigger than you takes skill. “He took the ax in his hand, he drew the sword from his belt, and he struck Humbaba with a thrust in the neck...”This shows that Gilgamesh was not scared to kill his enemy. This is because he did not listen to Enkidu’s advice. As a result, Gilgamesh shows how courageous he really is and proves to the city how fearless he was with
Each battle is a representation of good vs. evil. He fights Grendal who is a hideously gruesome monster that would feed on the people of Denmark. He battles Grendal’s mother who kills the king’s closest friend for revenge, and the dragon was guarding a treasure and would kill any man who dared to pass. Another example of how the battles are similar is that Beowulf cannot kill his enemies with normal weapons. In the fight with Grendal, his men’s swords could not penetrate Grendal’s skin.
Although the characters compare in their strength and loyalty and in their representation of a force greater than themselves, they contrast when it comes to bravery, their reasons for fighting, and the force they each represent. Beowulf and Grendel have a number of comparisons that can be made. They are both strong. In the poem, Grendel shows his strength by bursting open a chained door of the mead hall and killing many men at once by himself. Then, Beowulf shows his strength by killing Grendel with simply his bare hands.
He cared more about others than he did himself. For instance, in the process of killing Caesar, he could have easily backed out because he knew he might have been punished, but he knew in the long run, that it would help the plebeians most. Another example of his selflessness is in Act 2, Scene 1. Brutus decides not to tell Portia his plans for the murder of Caesar. He feels she already has enough stress in her life and does not need to worry or deal with his plans.
This paper will tell examples and reasoning of why Beowulf is all of these things. An epic hero is one that stands out among all the rest. Even after hearing many stories of Grendel’s wrath, he still planned to fight the best without any hesitation. The reader would believe this is an example of a very brave fighter. Beowulf shows his abilities and proves brave enough as he resolves to kill the “lady monster”, (excerpt page 40).