Nina Ybarra Mr. Butler English 12CP 1-27-2015 Beowulf the Epic Hero A true hero does not fear death and will risk all that he is to protect people from great danger. Beowulf is an epic hero and tells a great story about a legend who overcomes all difficulties; almost as if he was immortal. All heroes share their characteristics of their preparedness to die, this is what marks their actions heroic. Throughout the epic Beowulf exhibits various characteristics that makes him an epic hero. One of the characteristics Beowulf demonstrations is his capability of deeds of great strength and courage.
He travels far and wide, telling tales of his exploits and undertaking new challenges in the name of his king. Beowulf is a hero because he puts himself in harm's way for the benefit of others. Beowulf's first heroic exploit is his selfless defense of Heorot from the rampages of Grendel. Although Heorot is not his own hall, Beowulf is willing to protect its people and possibly die in the attempt. Upon arriving in Heorot, Beowulf announces, "And so, my request...is that you won't refuse me, who have come this far, the privilege of purifying Heorot.” (Lines 427-431).
Beowulf went through his plan in his head like any good athlete would before a big game. As the Banquet continued to go on, Hrothgar thanked Beowulf and promised him credit if he did succeed. As a great hero, Beowulf will not use weapons in the fight against Grendel because Grendel does not use weapons. Another act of kindness don’t by Beowulf was when he goes after Grendel’s mother. Hrothgar is upset and the begged Beowulf to him again.
This gets on Stanley’s nerves, and he throws the radio out of the window. After this little incident takes place, Stanley’s hits Stella and she goes to her neighbor Eunice’s house, along with her older sister Blanche. Stanley’s alcohol rubs off and he realizes that Stella is not with him. Missing her dearly, he goes outside and starts screaming his wife’s name. Stella comes back down and hugs
Sadly enough last May, it cost her life. The day before graduation, Mariah was driving to a Minor League Baseball game in Springfield, Mo., texting with the player who’d invited her. As she was sending him a text, she lost control of the car, which clipped a bridge, skidded on its roof along the edge of the bridge and flipped back into oncoming traffic. Mariah was partially ejected, her skull crushed. The last message Mariah got: “Where U At” (Larry).
Beowulf could not fit the image, attitude, and qualities of an epic hero any more perfect. First, an epic hero may establish himself or herself through rigorous challenges. Any true epic hero would never back down from any challenge, as they want to establish themselves as the mightiest and the bravest. Beowulf shows this characteristic a multitude of times. The best example of Behold epic heroism is when he tells the story of his swimming challenge with Breca.
What is The Real Meaning of an Epic Hero Mrs. Nelson A 5/6 Hannah Stevens The epic hero I chose to write about is Odysseus - a great example of an epic hero. A hero is someone who has done a good deed, but an epic hero is someone who continuously does good deeds. The story of Odysseus was filled with exciting adventures, one after the other, and I felt that I couldn’t put the book down until I knew how it would end. I chose Odysseus because he is someone who has gone through so many adventures, against great odds, all with bravery and courage. Odysseus is a hero because he came up with the idea to make the Trojan horse when he was at war against the Trojans.
According to the Anglo-Saxon culture, there is a heroic code that demonstrates the qualities of a heroic individual. These qualities include being able to share feuds, hating peace, and have hospitality among other themes. Although many people may question Beowulf’s effectiveness as a hero, he proved that the heroic code is very broad and that there is not one specific way to demonstrate heroic qualities. At the beginning of Beowulf, a big, demon-like creature named Grendel who is described as a “God-cursed brute” (line 121), attacks Daneland and King Hrothgar’s newly built monument, Heorot. Heoret is a symbol for fortune and prosperity, however this demon is not allowing the Danes to celebrate in it.
Nick goes to the dinner party expecting a pleasurable experience but his awkward visit with the Buchanans, Nick goes home to West Egg. Nicks second visit was to the Buchanans apartment in New York, Tom forces both Myrtle and Nick to accompany him to the city. They go to the apartment where Tom is having the affair. They have a harsh, rough party with Myrtle's sister, Catherine, and a horrible couple named McKee. Everyone, including Nick becomes extremely drunk, shortly after Tom gives her a puppy as a gift; Myrtle begins chanting Daisy's name to irritate Tom.
Gatsby would do anything to make someone happy. As one of the twins mentioned whilst at one of Gatsby’s parties ‘There’s something funny about a fellow that’ll do a thing like that, he doesn’t want trouble with anybody’. Altogether Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby are different in many ways as Tom is an arrogant, sexist bully and has no respect of others around him where as throughout the novel you get a sense that Gatsby is more of a kind and refined character. However Tom and Gatsby have their similarities as they both want Daisy but for different reasons- tom for his persona and Gatsby for true love. And both Tom and Gatsby enjoy their luxurious lifestyles and they both like to party all the time.