Beowulf and his men came all the way from Sweden to Denmark to destroy the devilish creature know as Grendel. Grendel in the poem is “a cursed creature” (84), “brutally cruel” (95), and “repulsive” (107); however, in Gardner’s story, you get a whole different viewpoint. This new viewpoint is not only of Grendel, but of Beowulf as well. Beowulf, in Beowulf, has this essence about him; just by looking at him, people can sense his greatness. In Grendel, when Beowulf and his men are disembarking from their boat, Grendel is watching them and he seems somewhat intimidated by Beowulf.
Emerson’s Qualities of Heroism | Does Beowulf exhibit this quality?Yes or No | Provide supporting evidence from the poem that supports your reasoning | Fights for what’s right, no matter the situation. | Yes | The odds didn’t look good for him against Grendel. | Attitude of a warrior. | Yes | When Beowulf is telling Hrothgar that he will beat Grendel with just him and his “earlsmen” he sounded brave and ready. | Obligation to fight evil and stand up for what is right.
Literary Analysis The Tragedy of Macbeth William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is the story of a great man’s fall from grace. Shakespearean tragic elements vividly reveal the downfall of the protagonist, Macbeth. As the drama begins, the exposition announcesMacbeth pleased King Duncan with his courageous victories on the battlefield. In Act 1 Scene 2 of the Shakespearean play, the bleeding Captain spoke of Macbeth's brave fight against Macdonwald the treacherous Scotsman. Then the noble Scotsman spoke of Macbeth's equally heroic struggles against invading Norwegians under the leadership of King Sweno and rebellious Scotsmen through the collaboration of the Thane of Cawdor.
The Danes admired Beowulf, which infuriated their greatest warrior Unferth. Unferth challenged Beowulf’s boasts and told the story of Beowulf’s swimming contest with Breca, suggesting that Beowulf lost that competition. Beowulf corrected Unferth, making it clear that he didn’t lose the fight; he was simply defending himself against nine incredibly strong sea monsters instead of focusing on a silly race. He described a great battle in which he asked fate to “let [him] find [the monster’s] heart with [his sword].” He went on to say that he conquered the monsters, and at last could see “God’s bright beacon” and the land in front of him. This scene combined the Pagan concept of wyrd with the idea that God is able
Fifty years ahead and now King Beowulf faced a task of killing a dragon. He would “[fight] with fate against him” (724) seeing as his “the ancient blade broke” (727) while striking the dragon’s side. The beloved king would eventually die with “None of his comrades\Came to help him” (745-746) and his “Followers… ran for their lives…” (745-748). King Arthur’s story is also an epic poem which speaks about an honorable leader who will do anything to defend his people. 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.
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.
Evil to depict the differences of Grendel and the humans. Another example of this theme from Beowulf is, “A prince of the Geats, had killed Grendel, Ending the grief, the sorrow, the suffering Forced on Hrothgar’s helpless people By a bloodthirsty fiend” (Beowulf, Canto 12 Lines 830-833). This quote emphasizes the distinct contrast of good and evil in Beowulf. The author characterizes Beowulf as an admirable hero, and a clear-cut “good guy” in the story. Conversely, the author describes Grendel as a
Young Fortinbras did this through asserting himself and his military to action, and invading the then troubled Denmark. Despite Hamlet’s passive contemplation, he too avenged his father’s murder by stabbing Claudius and forcing him to gulp down a glass of poisoned wine. Both Young Hamlet and Young Fortinbras sought vengeance for their fathers’ untimely deaths, but had contrasting motives and completely opposite plans of action. Fortinbras' father, King of Norway, was killed during battle for control of “a little patch of ground”(4.4, 19). Fortinbras’ uncle claims the throne of Norway just as Claudius took the throne in Denmark, and linked the common destiny between Young Fortinbras and Hamlet in their attempt for vengeance of their fathers’ deaths.
Gandalf’s heroism is shown when Tolkien states, “It was the wizard’s voice that had kept the trolls bickering and quarrelling, until the light came and made an end of them”(41). These examples show how heroism is apparent through external conflict. Through characterization, Tolkien does a fantastic job of showing heroism. First, at the beginning of the novel Gandalf has words of praise for Bilbo when the dwarves talk bad about Murray 2 him behind his back. Bilbo being a hobbit is not the ideal robber and the dwarves know this and express their frustration to Gandalf when he proclaims, “There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself”(19).
Peng Sun Professor Alix Hawley English 100, Section 10 2 October 2012 Summary of Camus’s “The Myth of Sisyphus” Sisyphus is tasked to roll a rock by the gods, which would always fall back because of its weight, to the top of a mountain. He is a sage mortal according to Homer; however he is a robber in another source. For his penalty, there are two possible reasons. One is he offends the gods by stealing their secrets that he told Aesopus about his daughter's disappearance in exchange for the water to the Corinth and Death is bound by him, too. Another one is that he did not go back to the underworld when he got permission to punish his wife on earth.