That night, he watches as his enemy kills one of his men, and as Grendel reaches for Beowulf, Beowulf rips off his arm. His extraordinary strength allows him to fight and kill the evil monster, Grendel, with his own bare hands. The battle with Grendel portrays Beowulf’s strength, and ability to succeed at what he strives for. Above all impressive feats, Beowulf was not afraid to die. He left this decision to fate and accepted it no matter what.
he accepts the throne only after Higlac’s son is likked in battle. Beowulfs super human courage is shown when he went into battle with Grendel, Grendel’s mother and the dragon. He shows he is fearless when he says, “I’d use no sword, no weapon, if this beast could be killed without it, crushed to death, like Grendel” before he fights the dragon, which ultimately kills him. Epic characters generally give numerous speeches, all of which tell something about the past, or reveal the speaker’s character traits. Beowulf does not give many speeches, but from those he does give a lot is learned about his character traits.
He is prepared and ready to fight the creature who threatens his new friends army. Ultimately Beowulf defeats Grendel and his name is praised forever in the land of Hrothgar and his people. This fight is clearly not over for Beowulf and his men. The next night an even worse creature emerges and kills a very esteemed member of Hrothgar’s society. Beowulf is disturbed from rest to come help Hrothgar again.
Physical strength was very much embraced by the Anglo-Saxon culture. Beowulf could slay the greatest monster of all, Grendel. Beowulf killed Grendel; Grendel had never come to such a match among a stronger person "That shepherd of evil, guardian of crime knew at once that nowhere on earth had he met a man whose hands were harder". This shows the physical strength that Beowulf embodied. Beowulf was fearless of all opponents and fought to defend his fame and glory.
Beowulf is one of the first epic poems known to man actually its the oldest living piece of literature in the English language, the epic is about Beowulf (the main character of the epic) going and helping the Danes kill the monster that has been causing havac of the hall Harot known as Grendel, a favor for a favor after the king of the Danes Hrothgar paid beowulfs dads wereguild, now its time for Beowulf to return the favor. The Character of Beowulf is the first real hero known to man so he is astonishing in every asspect physically and mentally and thats why hes the leader of the Geats. The character that I will be comparing is Hercules. Beowulf and Hercules are one of the strongest heros to ever be created with similar traits, but though
They are both motivated by the wellbeing of their people to fight. Of course Beowulf also fights for the obvious reason, gold. Beowulf accepted the gold for killing the monster that plagued Hrothgar’s kingdom. After Beowulf kills the monster’s mother, he accepts even more golden treasure from the Danes and sails home with his men. While his motives for fighting always seem to be honorable and heroic, some people may see Beowulf as a mercenary.
This is the only manuscript that attests to this Anglo-Saxon culture. There are many literary features that call upon the reader’s attention; the blend of pagan and Christian elements and the use of comitas/Anglo-Saxon hierarchy define the heroic warrior, the stress on fate help to predict of the fall of Anglo-Saxon pagan culture, and the kennings used to enrich the reading. Beowulf incorporates the pagan and Christian concepts of fate in order to promote a system of monarchy in which power is passed on through heirs as opposed to the system where the greatest, strongest warrior claims the throne. “Beow…a young prince…given freely while his father lives so that afterward in age when fighting starts steadfast companions will stand by him and hold the line. Behavior that’s admired is the path to power among people everywhere.” (34) “He was well regarded and ruled the Danes for a long time after his father took leave of his life on earth.
As a ruler, Adolf Hitler of the Nazi party had numerous successes but he also had he fair share of failures. At the beginning of World War II, Hitler was seen as a savior to the German nation because of his oratory skills, appeal to the people and his successes. One of his first successes came when he fulfilled his promises to the German people and reversed the Treaty of Versailles. After the death of Hindenburg in 1934, Hitler was seen as the successor. The German public saw Hitler as god-like with his vast power and glorifying the German race as being the “master race.” When he finally reversed the power of the Treaty of Versailles and rebuilt Germany’s armed forces, the German nation basically did as he told them to do.
The stories and legends surrounding the character of King Arthur are among the best known of all stories about kings and knights. He is the greatest of British literary heroes. The book tells us everything from the birth of the Arthur to his dead. We know that Sir Ector took care of him and rose as his foster child. We also know how Arthur became a leader and how he pulled the sword out of the stone.
Carl Edwards Junior English- 7th Period Hero Essay August 25, 2011 The Ideal Hero “But so massive that no ordinary man could lift”, this is referring to the sword that Beowulf used to kill Grendel’s mother (Line 636). If no ordinary man could lift something so massive, then what would Beowulf be considered? Many people who read Beowulf think of him as a Hero. There are a plethora of things to consider before calling someone a hero. Three important things that it takes to be considered a hero are one’s strength, courage, and confidence.