One of the characteristics Beowulf demonstrations is his capability of deeds of great strength and courage. Thus meaning, the hero has great potential for great deeds with abundant amount of strength. The extent of the heroes actions are well above and beyond what the normal people can do. Beowulf shows these examples in some of his fights. An example of Beowulf representing this characteristics is when he battles Grendel.
Image was very important to the Anglo-Saxons and they cared about being seen as courageous and tough. Their whole life was devoted to fighting and conquering treasures. They strived to be known as the deadliest warriors alive. Their image controlled their life. Every man during that time wanted to be Beowulf because he was known widely for his bravery and honor during times of battle.
This played a big role in his many victories, as he was able to win battles against the other leaders who did not have equally adequate positions. He also faced all the same hardships as his men by fighting in the battles alongside them. He once reminded them that all of them, including him, had “shared the labour and shared the danger”. This made him more heroic and trustworthy to his men, as it showed that he was not only prepared to risk their lives, but his as well. Likewise, Alexander was full of ambition as a leader.
In the epic poem, the Anglo-Saxons value strength as a characteristic of a superior and great warrior. Beowulf throughout the entire story portrays this by fighting the battles with the monsters and by defeating them when no one else could or were too afraid to. The author states of how Beowulf and the other warriors are “greater/ and stronger than anyone anywhere in this world”(110-111). Beowulf was a powerful warrior who fit the idealistic of a warrior in an Anglo-Saxon society. When fighting with Grendel and Grendels mother he never needed the protection of armor or swords.
Beowulf – An epic hero? After reading Burton Raffel’s translation of Beowulf, it is portrayed that the lead character was an incredible epic hero. Even though Beowulf is known for his great strength, he has other traits that make him so fantastic. Our character did many good things and many bad things. Some of which were acts of bravery.
He is brave, and he has confidence bordering on absurdity. He chooses to fight Grendel disarmed and without any armor. Lines 339-340 quoted, “He twisted in pain/ and the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder/ snapped, muscle and bone split.” Beowulf used his powerful grip to defeat the invincible Grendel! Not only is Beowulf strong, he is also very honorable. Lines 115-116 quotes “Would sail across the sea to Hrothgar/ now when help was needed.” This explains thoroughly how Beowulf is daring and noble.
For our earlier generations – or I must say: the ancient generations - epic heroes were the protagonist of their stories, with their superhuman strength, intelligence, fighting skills, and courage, were claimed and appreciated by the crowds. An epic hero is different than our contemporary heroes. An epic hero cant fly, burn objects by just looking at them nor run at a supper speed; but, epic heroes like Beowulf are strong men, with no supper power at all that fight against evil (big and stronger enemies) letting us appreciate how brave epic heroes are. Beowulf is the perfect image of the archetypal epic hero in many ways such as performing brave deeds, he has superior or superhuman strength, and courage, and he risks death for glory or for the greater good of society. Beowulf, the prince of the Geats, show us by his actions a very important characteristic of the archetypal epic hero.
Character Traits of Beowulf In the tale of Beowulf, three character traits can be found. His loyalty, strength and bravery make him heroic. Beowulf is a true heroic character because he is willing to risk his life for his ideals. He is reluctant to back down from battle, just so he can be there for the people who are in great need to be saved. Once he makes a vow, he stands by his word, no matter the cost.
Ribbons with a medal were handed out to battle veterans that proved themselves useful in battle. A cheap and easy gift, but it boosted the moral of the men and made them want to fight harder for the approval of ‘the little colonel’. He was at the top of his game during the battle of Austerlitz and his tactics were superior to all other armies. He made his soldiers fearless. Told them they must march straight and never break ranks because psychologically it would discourage the opposing army when they see their opponent walking straight through the battle field with bullets flying past them.
If that doesn't sell you, then consider the fact that Arthur manages to command exceptional loyalty from his knights so much so, in fact, that even when Arthur attacks Launcelot's castle, Launcelot declares himself unwilling to do battle with the king who made him a knight. Arthur wouldn't command all this loyalty and respect if he weren't doing something right. It's certainly not that he's a great fighter. True, he leads his troops into battle without hesitation. And yes, the guy is totally brave and polite.