Mayra Vargas Period 3 Can’t Be Replaced Monster’s that can’t be harmed by a mortal’s weapon, or a battle against a fire breathing dragon; can you handle this alone? With your bare hands? Beowulf in many words is the archetypal epic hero in 4 characteristics. Beowulf is one of the very lucky, not only by being prince of the Geats but his story is being told from generations. A hero in a quest to fight for glory and the greater good of society.
Unlike the difficulties Gawain faced, Shrek has managed gaining his house back and fighting for the woman he falls for. All in all, as a hero, Gawain’s greatest challenge is himself as he fears death; this goes hand and hand with Shrek’s greatest challenge, as he believes that his love will never want him. Traditionally, heroes are portrayed as courageous and even perfect human beings. First as a hero, Gawain is faced with the challenge of the Green Knight. As the Green Knight comes to King Arthur’s court, he causes a scene, which then invites everyone to "give a blow and take a blow".
In the poem, Beowulf travels to Denmark without an invitation to reveal his destiny as “the mightiest man on earth, / highborn and powerful” (Lines 197-198). Only because Beowulf thinks it his is job to kill an indomitable monster, he travels across the sea to defeat him. Once Beowulf reached Denmark, he said, “Then news of Grendel, / hard to ignore, reached me at home…Now I mean to be a match for Grendel, / settle the outcome in single combat” (Lines 409-10/ 425-26). Beowulf travels across the sea thinking it is his job to defeat Grendel, yet not knowing what will come of his actions. He risked his existence, his wealth, and his men.
The reason for him to fight is to protect his land and his people. “Then to Beowulf the disaster was told soon made plain, for his own home was burned, finest buildings, the hall in fire-waves, gift-throne of Geats. To the good king it was great anguish, pain deep in mind” (2324 – 2328). Unfortunately, he died in the battle, but he also defeated the dragon that burned his city. The examples above showed that there are different things motivated Beowulf to fight, depends on his maturity and the situation.
Topic: Is Beowulf the same kind of hero in Grendel as he was in the original poem? How is he the same? How is he different? In the epic poem, Beowulf, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the hero of the story is the brave warrior, Beowulf. Beowulf and his men came all the way from Sweden to Denmark to destroy the devilish creature know as Grendel.
God’s approval of Beowulf as a leader is manifested throughout the poem by God’s helping hand. Grendel, a big demon monster was be defeated by an average-sized mortal Beowulf. Similarly, when Beowulf was battling the dragon a magical sword appeared out of nowhere that was able to penetrate the dragon. Once the battle was complete and the dragon was slain, a light appeared on Beowulf demonstrating God’s hand in the victory (2700). Beowulf knows that he has the divine right to be king from God and has no doubts of this.
If they had thought any less of Beowulf as a leader, they would have left and returned to wait in Herot. Also, Beowulf presents his virtue as leader when he will ride out to face the dragon even though he is far into old age. To drive the point home, the Geats that Beowulf ruled as king gave Beowulf the most spectacular funeral that they have ever given someone. They built him a tower and put all their good into that tower. One sees this in the book when it reads, “Then the Geats built the tower…the treasures they’d taken were left there too.” (63) If Beowulf had been an ordinary and un-epic man, the Geats would have buried him in a common manner and used the treasure for themselves.
Fate:Just like in character vs. self, Tamwyn doesn’t believe he has the power to do any of these things but in the end he shows everyone, as well as himself how much power he truly had. | SettingIdentify and describe the physical settings as they correspond to the hero’s journey.Home: RahnawynCall to Adventure: To find his brother and to stop Kulwych of the White Hands.Crossing the Threshold: When Tamwyn teams up with the others (Elli, Nuic, ect. )Road of Trials: Trying to find the sorcerer and save AvalonCrisis: He has to go against the great sorcerer who has made a damn, collecting all of the source of life of the realms.Salvation: discovering that tamwyn is both the Dark child, and the grandchild of Merlin, he has the power to save AvalonTransformation: He .has become a bigger, more confident person and has faith in himself, and has found a family of sortsCrossing the Threshold: He is coming back from his struggles with a new found sense of self and his brotherReturn: a sense of power and happinessTreasure: saving Avalon, finding his true selfHome: with his new friends Overall emotional setting (mood) of the novel: excitement, suspense | | |
This is where the thought of this famous quote comes into mind, “a good friend who can find” and some friends are more than brothers and sisters. Enkidu works not for his fame but to make sure Gilgamesh succeeds. Moreover, Gilgamesh’s egos and his stern energy help him to come out as a true hero. His destruction of the Humbaba and his other creatures on his way to the forest shows how much energy and strong he is because they are the only people who are able to cross the ocean. Only a giant and a strong-willed person can go through huge mountains and face wraths of the oceans, forest and conquer them all.
Kubra Akyuz Dr. Roy Literature 104 Essay 1 Good Triumph over Evil Beowulf is one of the earliest surviving Anglo-Saxon epic poems. It illustrates the story of Beowulf, an epic hero fated to triumph demonic monster in order to save a kingdom from destruction. In Beowulf, the conflict between good and evil is the main theme. The epic poem portrays Beowulf’s experiences coming from land of the Geats to save Danes. Throughout his adventures, Beowulf is fighting against evil, whether it is Grendel, Grendel’s Mother, or the dragon.