Legendary Heroes of Beowulf, King Arthur, and A Knight's Tale

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A legendary hero is not just some regular guy or girl who steps in at one moment at saves the day. They are someone who builds their character for a very long period of time, and does many great things through out their lifetime. There are five stage of a legendary hero. They must have an obscure or humble birth, show signs of greatness in youth, rise to fame and gain followers, suffer a betrayal, and either dies or is exiled but lives on through the stories of their followers. All in all, Beowulf, King Arthur, and William Thatcher all withhold the traits of a legendary hero. Beowulf of Beowulf is a legendary hero in everyway. He suffered a humble birth due to the fact that he was a scrawny child who did not like to fight unless in battle unlike his peers. This made everyone believe he was worthless. By killing nine sea monsters during a swimming race, and then slaying the beastly Grendel and his mother, he shows many signs of greatness in his youth. He rises to fame by becoming king of the Geats and winning many battles, not to mention the killing of monsters. His followers stick with him since he was a young man. His suffrage of a betrayal comes in when he is old and goes to kill the dragon that is terrorizing his land. All of his men leave in fear, except for Wigclaf, and he is left to fight the dragon alone. He then dies when the dragon bites his neck and the venom kills him. He still killed the dragon though, and Wigclaf keeps his heroic story alive. King Arthur in King Arthur also has all the traits of a legendary hero. He had an obscure birth due to the fact that Merlin gave him to another family even though he was the son of a king. His sign of greatness is when he pulls the sword out of the stone. His followers are his knights of the round table and all the people who look up to him because he is the rightful king after pulling the sword out of the stone.

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