Should Alexander The Great Be Considered “The Great”? Ubaid Thoophany 5/11/15 Alexander the great should be considered the great because of all the great things he did. He made his kingdom overpowered, and built a name for himself and his people, which is a very brave and hard thing to do. First off, he ruled his kingdom Macedonia, well and helped it by making the right choices for his empire. Also, he fought in many wars with such bravery to prove himself worthy and determined to be known as “The Great”.
Through these battles, Beowulf’s strength, humbleness and courageousness is revealed. These are characteristics that are crucial in defining an epic hero. However, every epic hero has a tragic flaw. Beowulf’s tragic flaw is his pride. His tragic flaw is evident throughout the novel thinking he can win them all.
This epic poem illustrates the journey and hardship of one Anglo-Saxon warrior named Beowulf, who because of his journey became known as one of the respected heroes of the Anglo-Saxon times. Throughout his journey, Beowulf stumbled upon endless battles with ferocious monster trying to terrorize his king and kingdom. Beowulf was one to never give up on anything or anyone no matter the circumstances. Beowulf is an authentic hero according to the code of Anglo-Saxon times because he is courageous, loyal, and determined.
Noel Mendez Mendez 1 Mrs. Hinton English 3Period 2 August 31, 2012 Epic Hero Beowulf achieved many quest of tremendous value to himself and society. In the Epic From Beowulf translated by Burton Raffel, Beowulf did something that many people aren’t capable of doing. Beowulf proves to be a man of courage, leadership, and power and he can fit the image of an Epic hero in many ways. Beowulf was considered courageous during his lifetime because of everything he accomplished. Beowulf shows bravery in line 158 “… Death was errand.” He states that he will fight to his death.
In Beowulf, an epic poem, Beowulf is the superior character who depicts the true meaning of loyalty. Beowulf feels in a sense he owes Hrothgar, King of the Danes, a favor because the great king had assisted Beowulf's father years back. Although Beowulf is the epic hero of the poem, he is not the only character that demonstrates the characteristic of loyalty. Wiglaf is a Geat warrior who exhibits bravery and courage while helping Beowulf fight and slay the dragon. Even though the epic poem had a devastating ending, it would not have been the same without the characters displaying their loyal sides.
This means he has superhuman strength, and that is a big trait when it comes to an epic hero. He also has superhuman ability like when he pulled out the sword. "Then he saw, hanging on the wall, a heavy sword, hammered by Giants strong and blessed with their magic the best of all weapons but so massive that no ordinary man could lift its carved and decorated length." (Beowulf 513-527). He pulled out the sword that nobody else could.
Originating in the Anglo-Saxon period, Burton Raffel’s translation of the epic poem “Beowulf” portrays a well-known hero who aspires to take on many great challenges. Honored and admired by many people, Beowulf possesses many of the virtues in which the Anglo-Saxons hold as the greatest attributes of their epic heroes. He exhibits these virtues through his loyalty to his king and followers, his eagerness to seek fame through his heroic deeds and family lineage, and his beliefs of faith and fate. Referred to as “The strongest of the Geats - Greater and stronger than anyone anywhere in this world”, Beowulf exemplifies heroism through his great strength and courage (110-111). Lead by fate, Beowulf sails across the sea to the Danish shore in anticipation to defeat the demon which feeds upon king Hrothgar and his people.
J. Cutler Beowulf, Hektor, and Achilles are all example of hero's of their time period. Each one of them exhibit the traits of a hero, courage, strength, skill, determination, and honor. To be an epic hero, you must achieve some great feet or quest and become the legend of your time. Each hero took part in an epic battle, even though they share the same traits their all different. The great Achaean warrior Achilles posses all the traits of hero, “valor”, strength, skill, and a quest.
Odysseus shows how intelligent he is, by outsmarting monsters, and tricking people. In general Odysseus is a hero because he displays epic hero qualities (traits) throughout Homer’s epic, the Odyssey. Odysseus shows a great deal of bravery throughout Homer’s epic. Odysseus is courageous when facing Polyphemous. Odysseus and his men blind Polyphem-ous, to get out of his cave that he has captured him and his men in.
Sigurd was a towering man, with unbeatable strength, astuteness, and agility; he defeats Fafnir to obtain his notoriety. In Theseus’ quest for glory, he overcomes the Minotaur of Crete, using his wit and strength. The cultures from which Sigurd and Theseus originate from differ in several ways, and their character qualities are unlike as well. Theseus demonstrates greater courage, for he seeks danger by volunteering to travel to Crete, in hopes of slaying the vicious Minotaur to attain fame. Sigurd, on the other hand, needs decisive convincing by Regin, before he dares confront Fafnir.