Beowulf possesses many of the traits of an archetypal epic hero; he is strong, humble, and willing to fight to death if necessary. One of the most obvious heroic traits of Beowulf’s is his strength, which is a vital feature in Anglo-Saxon heroes. Beowulf had the strength of thirty men and is blessed with strength beyond that of an ordinary man. Although strength is a key characteristic in defining an epic hero, it alone is not enough to define an epic hero (Greenfield 3). Along with strength, one must have other distinguishing traits to be considered an epic hero.
The Crucible: Prompt 4 In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, John Proctor is a very multifaceted character. He is, as I see it, a tragic hero. He has sinned by the laws of the church that rules by a theocracy in his town, and yet also yearns until his last breath to make the decisions a good man would in order to set things right in his town. Throughout Acts I and II, John hides his past affair with Abigail Williams, a previous servant of his household. Abigail tries to get him to come back to her constantly, but John gives his love to his wife Elizabeth Proctor and shuts Abigail away.
In the epic poem of “Beowulf” a lot of themes can be seen throughout the story, but the one that stands out the most is the universal theme Good vs. Evil. Beowulf fights for good with extraordinary characteristics and values such as courage, virtue, generosity, protection, heroism, and strength; which is a fact that Beowulf represents good. To support it a good example would be; “…'twas widely known that against God's will the ghostly ravager, him could not hurl to haunts of darkness; wakeful, ready, with warrior's wrath, bold he bided the battle's issue”(X, 44-48), which means that Beowulf comes in behalf of god and fights Grendel and his mother who represent evil because Grendel tries to destroy the city of Hrothgar. An example would be; “So lived the clansmen in cheer and revel a winsome life, till one began to fashion evils, that fiend of hell” (I, 47-49).
Yet the reality of it is that this man is a king of great power whom they will soon bow down to. Another example of how characters can be perceived throughout the novel is shown throughout the journey of the main protagonist, he was also perceived by his appearance as a small, witless, futile and incapable to carry the great burden before him. Yet as the novel heads towards its crucial climax, he completes the task that many people perceive as impossible for him and rose to be the only one capable of such a task. Another Internal representation of perception is a main character who is perceived as a vile and psycho creature. It is later on shown that the story of this creature is a sad one and he is not at all what he is perceived to be.
Creon which was Antigone's uncle became the official ruler of Thebes. Creon buried Eteocles's body with honor. But because the other brother was perceived as a traitor, Polynices's body was left to rot, however, leaving human remains unburied and exposed to the elements was an affront to the Greek Gods. So, at the play's beginning, Antigone decides to defy Creon's laws. She gives her brother a proper funeral.
Macbeth becomes victim to guilt when he kills Duncan for the throne, and guilt then takes over his life, leaving him without control of his own behaviors. “ Sleep no more! Macbeth hath murdered sleep!” suggests that … As it is ambition that had inspired Macbeth to commit the sin of killing Duncan and become victim to guilt, it is also ambition that leads him to a loss
Mufasa was the king of Pride Rock. He had a son named Simba and he had a wife whom was Simba’s mother. Mufasa also had a brother named Scar, who was always jealous of Mufasa and always wanted to be king, so he also murdered the King. Therefore King Hamlet and Mufasa both played the role of innocent kings whom were murdered by their jealous brothers. Hamlet and Simba are also both characters who play similar roles in the book/movie.
The two texts that we read contained to easily distinguishable epic heroes. The first text, is the epic poem, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Here we are introduced to our first “epic hero” King Gilgamesh. “Gilgamesh is an unstable compound of two parts god and one part man. He is thought of as the greatest of all men, and yet his virtues and his flaws our outsized.
self-made men throughout history have made their own way in life by reaching deep inside themselves and through willpower and self-improvement, creating their own destiny. Moreover the "good luck theory", attributing success to chance and friendly circumstances does not applied here. It is not luck that makes a man a self-made man, but considerable physical and mental effort. "There is nothing good, great or desirable […], that does not come by some kind of labor” said a thinker and a self-made man himself, Frederick Douglass. Similar to Franklin, Douglass underlines the importance of hard work as a
Okonkwo was one of the strongest and most respected men in his society. Yet, he feared becoming an exact image of his father; therefore, embodying the values of manliness, he took on his own approach to life and how he dealt with problems in society. By adapting to his own deranged idea of masculinity he rejected everything that his father stood for, such as cowardice, gentleness, and laziness. Okonkwo stood for bravery, courage, hard work, and