A leader must be able to teach those followers. Beowulf was a leader among leaders. He showed time and again in this epic that he was a hero able to accomplish peace and honor those among him. He had a sense of responsibility that came from his strength and the respect others gave him. He was a selfless man, warrior, and king all men revered and looked to in the worst of times and I am sure in the best of
In Anglo-Saxon culture and literature, to be a hero was to be a warrior. A hero must be loyal to give everything for the survival of people without thinking of him and willing to die to achieve glory. A hero must display courage in the face of overwhelming or impossible odds, he must have the strength to back up his courage. Beowulf was born as a hero and died as a hero. He is an excellent example of Anglo-Saxon hero because he posses the strength, courage and loyalty like a true Anglo-Saxon warrior.
He also had so much respect from the people of Hawai’I. He showed people how much he cared, and truly believed that he could unite the islands, and make Hawai’I a better place for not only men, but for women too. Kamehameha always showed his faith in his religion. He showed that he believed in God. He always honored him, he wasn’t afraid to show that there was someone better than him, and it was his God.
By showing that he is loyal to his people, Beowulf in return achieves fame, which will help him achieve a good fate. All the people of Herot also look up to him which would make him a hero in their eyes. Beowulf is usually very loyal towards everyone he encounters, even when they are not always there for him. An example of this would be when he is fighting the dragon and all of his men abandon him, even Wiglaf. This however, does not affect Beowulf a whole lot, considering his brute strength.
As Jefferson wrote each eloquent word, its apparent that he was proud of what his fellow Americans had accomplished. Fitting with The Declaration of Independence, I chose Thomas Jefferson as my historical figure. I believe he embodies all that pride is, from his freedom fighting, right down to his appearance. Jefferson, intelligent and elegant, never stopped fighting for the rights that he knew every man had proudly deserved. Thomas Jefferson once said, “Action will delineate and define you.” Pride in your actions, pride in your words, and pride in yourself all make for real success and Thomas Jefferson knew, and lived with that mindset.
There are so many meanings of a hero. The three qualities of a hero I think would be loyalty, courage, and honor. Any type of event that anyone is considered a hero follows those traits. Beowulf would have been a hero in modern time as well, because he carried every one of those traits and pursued them very well. Some of the supernatural things would not have occurred in today’s world, but there are going to be resemblances and alterations in the two different times of the
But no matter what the numerous different heroes look like, they all seemingly possess the same attributes. Tremendous courage, bravery, faith, and kindness all ultimately make someone a hero. The epic poem of Beowulf uniformly offers no exception. Beowulf sufficiently possessed tremendous strength and bravery. Despite sometimes wanting the vast glory for himself, Beowulf displayed kindness and faith towards his kinsmen.
This quote gives the audience an understanding on how the Anglo-Saxons viewed their heroes. During the time that Beowulf would have been around it would have been an honor to die in battle for your people. Which is just what the almighty overruling Beowulf did, he fought and showed courage even though he was weak. This is what makes Beowulf such an outstanding hero he fought in honor of his people, knowing he might die he wanted to save his men's life's during the process. The Geats epic King was a picture perfect Anglo-Saxons hero.
Take what I leave, Wiglaf, lead my people, help them” (lines 802-809). Beowulf embodies the values of a particular society and proves his tremendous power throughout the poem. He is brave, honest, inhumanly strong, and holds other’s lives in higher regards than his own. He is an archetypal hero for showing no fear in facing creatures that seemed to be from hell, to bring peace and safety to others. He believed this life of war and glory to be his calling.