A hero is someone you can bet your life on and know that they will have your back whatever happens. Odysseus saves his men in the cyclops’ cave, and rescued his men from becoming animals for eternity. Odysseus is a hero because he has both super human strengths and human
Likewise, Alexander was full of ambition as a leader. This trait was one of the main reasons he was able to conquer so many lands during his time in power. His determination ensured that he let nothing and no one stand in his way when he had something to achieve. Overall, Alexander the Great’s strategic mind and influence over his people led to him being the greatest political leader of his
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.
The Journey Into Manhood In The Odyssey, there are many heroes. Heroes of all ages and sizes. But in the Odyssey, there is one in particular who is a true hero, and that is Telemachus. Telemachus stands up for justice for his family, and pride in himself. A true hero in the eyes of his family and the gods.
This paper will tell examples and reasoning of why Beowulf is all of these things. An epic hero is one that stands out among all the rest. Even after hearing many stories of Grendel’s wrath, he still planned to fight the best without any hesitation. The reader would believe this is an example of a very brave fighter. Beowulf shows his abilities and proves brave enough as he resolves to kill the “lady monster”, (excerpt page 40).
The Maturation of Odysseus: The True Odyssey A hero often undertakes the most difficult tasks and places himself in mortal danger in order to bring back both knowledge and treasure. Their stories follow what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey has six phases: leaving home for a quest, encountering battles and temptations, an all-out struggle that gives the hero a physical or mental wound, and returning home to share the wisdom the hero gained on his quest. One of the most famous tales of all time, The Odyssey, Homer’s epic poem depicting the return home of the hero Odysseus, follows the cycle of the Hero’s Journey. The saga begins with the intervention of Athena on behalf of Odysseus, who has been trapped on the island of the Titaness Calypso for the past seven years.
Odysseus: The Human Hero In the Odyssey, the main character, Odysseus is a good example of an epic hero. An epic hero depicts certain traits that other characters do not have such as being a natural born leader, appealing to the opposite sex, having “superhuman, larger than life” qualities that portray him braver and stronger than ordinary people, on a quest of great importance to himself or his people, has “good” on his side, and defeats monsters or Gods. Odysseus possesses all of these traits during his voyage home. “Cyclops, you ask my honorable name? Remember the gift you promised me, and I shall tell you.
A second call to adventure occurs when Hermes, the messenger of the gods, delivers Zeus's command that Calypso must set Odysseus free. Calypso has kept Odysseus for years, as her lover; all the while, he makes it clear that he wants to return to his home in Ithaca (Homer 146). Each call to adventure ensures the hero will go places no one has returned from before. This step also allows the hero's quest to continue and makes certain that the hero's character will continue to change. In the following episode, Odysseus continues the hero's quest by experiencing heroic deeds and dragon slayers.
EXPLANATION. These are only some examples of on how the Anglo-Saxons characterize Beowulf as an epic hero. What makes an epic hero is very similar to what makes a universal hero in modern day society. In today’s world a universal hero can mean anything from a superhero to a citizen who is hero like. Many superheroes have one tough opponent that is harder to defeat than others and some have supernatural powers.
101) This is significant because Freak is acting very brave against Max’s dad while everybody else is scared of him. This is the reason why Freak should be the hero in Freak the Mighty. Last but not least, Freak is the hero because he is helpful. Freak is helpful because he restored Max’s confidence and knowledge by pushing Max to his limits, and by teaching him how to read better. Also, he is helpful because he gave Max a positive point of view.