The Epic, Medieval, and Tragic Hero: Braveheart

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Braveheart There are many heroes with many different personalities and their own stories, but every hero is linked with similar traits. Traits that make them selfless in a time of need. A true hero such as William Wallace is an educated, inspirational, and strong-willed being. Yet, their are different classifications for different types of heroes. William Wallace can be classified as 3 types known as Epic, Medieval, and Tragic. To be an Epic hero is to be a legend or a myth among people. Stories that spread far and wide, and likely stories that have stretched the truth. As an Epic hero William Wallace is known as a savior of his people. Word spread fast of his uprising, as he took back the Scottish villages from the English. The English King got wind of his travels and the rebellion that William had started as well. Even the princess, had begun to fall in love with the idea that William had started his revolt for the woman he loved deeply. Oddly enough, at one point when William was to meet with another clan to fight a battle against the English, the clan strongly believed that William was not who he claimed to be. After all the stories they had heard describing William in various ways, they couldn’t believe his true appearance. Going back to Medieval times, knights were too follow the code of chivalry. To be a chivalrous man, one had to be respectful, honorable, and humble. A Medieval hero is a man who is self aware, and understands that he is flawed. It is someone who believes that, “It’s not about winning the game, it’s about how you play ”. William Wallace shows he understands who he is, and his background when he openly admits that he is a savage. Being a Medieval hero, tests of Manhood are also common. Such as when, his old friend Hamish challenges William in a rock throwing contest, and although William could not lift up huge rocks and throw them as far

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