“An Unexpected Hero” Name: Marta Morozova Student Number: 212105359 Course: English 3160 TA: Matthew Godfrey “A hero is somebody who is selfless, who is generous in spirit, who just tries to give back as much as possible and help people. A hero to me is someone who saves people and who really deeply cares” (Curry, 6). A common perception of a hero is an individual recognized by the public as a natural leader with the physical and moral superiority. In ancient Greek mythology, a hero is often described as a longhaired, masculine male of superhuman strength who is an offspring of a god and a human (Rank, 3). The classic mythical hero is not a very humble character.
(LaBlanc 3) During the 19th century, a more ‘Romantic approach’ to the novel, shows the character Don Quixote as a heroic idealist and visionary who wants to improve the world by reviving the lost Golden Age. (Bayliss 391) However, Don Quixote was received; one can definitely see that the novel contains varied themes. One of the well known themes of Don Quixote is romance and chivalry. The first part of the novel is said to poke fun at those two ideas. Cervantes uses his character to show how misguided romanticism is; especially with Quixote’s love for a woman he has never met.
So, Anglo Saxon literature frequently took up the theme of fights andhostilities, in which the nobility of a character was brought out through a display of courage, valour, loyalty to the lord and the community and a thirst for glory. Glory was the most coveted thing because death lurked everywhere. Attainment of glory meant a claim to immortality. The heroic poetries of the Anglo Saxon period reflected such ideals.The most remarkable heroic poetries of this period areBeowulf,The Battle of Brunanburh,The Fight at Finnsburh,WaldhereandThe Battle of Maldon.Beowulf is a heroic poem of 3182 lines found in a manuscript of the 10thcentury.It narrates two significant events in the life of a Geatish hero called Beowulf. The first happens when young Beowulf fights and kills Grendel, monster who has been raiding Heorot, the banquet hall of the Danish king Hrothgar.
Within this “warrior-society” the goal is ultimately immortality of ones name, established by gaining power through displays of courageous acts. We can scrutinize these elements of this foreign society by examining Old English poetic texts such as “Beowulf”, and “The Battle of Maldon”, and get a glimpse into what the Anglo-Saxons held sacred. A hero portrayed in these poems is often classified as someone who performs acts of valor in life-threatening battles, out of the loyalty to their lord. Beowulf, for example, is glorified and explicitly referred to as a ‘brave her’ throughout the text. The first time readers get a taste of Beowulf’s heroism he is preparing to fight Grendal, in order to protect a hall, lord, and people that are not his own.
The origin of the English language inaugurate with the invasion of three Germanic tribes in Great Britain during the 5th century AD. The three tribes were called the Jutes, the Angles, and the Saxons and the Jutes. These tribes traversed the North Sea from Denmark and northern Germany to arrive in England. When these tribes invaded England, the population of Britain spoke a certain old language which was called the Celtic language. However, the indigenous people were forced to move to Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
Often times we struggle to find the right balance between too much and two little of a certain something. Ambition is the strong desire to attain success in an individual’s life. The protagonist Macbeth, induced by ambition, finds himself on a downwards spiral towards his own self destruction. In Macbeth, William Shakespeare conveys that extreme ambition has a potent effect on leading ones fate in a harmful or advantageous way, resulting in either a rise in power or tragic downfall. Macbeth is characterized, as an exceptionally noble person being both loyal and honourable.
The concept of courtly love is also combined with the code of chivalry which forms the ideal medieval world of brave and elegant knights. The probably most famous example for a courtly love relationship is the Legend of King Arthur and his wife who fell in love with the knight Sir Lancelot. Lancelot, who totally represents the ideal of the brave, strong und honourable knight, affects the queen by his heroic actions and is clearly her favourite (cf. Chretien de Troyes). But concerning to this romantic idea, the big question is to what extent the concept of courtly love is coextensive with the reality of ordinary love relationships at court in the Middle Age and in how far ‘courtly love literature’ is misinterpreted.
Morgan Forbes Mrs. DeLong Honors British Literature and Composition 25 October 2011 The Deadly Sins While the epic Beowulf celebrates the deeds of the hero Beowulf, it more deeply reveals the malevolence of individual characters brought on specifically by three of the seven deadly sins. Initially, Beowulf’s possession of pride and greed is unnoticed and seems extraneous. *As time goes on, however, pride and greed become a main factor of Beowulf’s demeanor and appear to be interminable. For instance, while introducing himself to the king, Beowulf enumerates his accomplishments, bragging that he is completely capable of presenting Grendel with his ultimate fate: death. Once Beowulf delivers Grendel to his conclusive demise, his pride seems to progress even further.
In my opinion, I believe that this is a very debatable point. It is agreeable that Macbeth was a weak husband. However, I do not agree with the view that he was a brave and valiant soldier who fought to the bitter end. Rather, I feel that he was a craven tyrant who thirsted for power, and was undeniably choked by his own paranoia, deceit and “vaulting ambition” in the end. To borrow the words of the renowned critic, Elizabeth Montagu, Macbeth, with his “vehement passions and aspiring wishes, was a subject liable to be seduced by splendid prospects, and ambitious counsels.” Over the course of the play Macbeth significantly changed with respect to his character and his personality.
This poem is written by one of the greatest poets and dramatists of all time, William Shakespeare and is among one of his popular sonnets which describes the interwoven relationship between comfort (personified as the young man) and despair (personified as the woman) in Shakespeare. The battle is between heaven and hell, between the spirit and the body, and the body seems to triumph over the spirit. Poet examines his ambiguity: he prefers to be guided by his "better angel" who is "right fair," but he is tempted too often by a "worser spirit." This ambiguity continually presents a universal challenge for the human condition. A sonnet is a poem of fourteen lines that follows a strict rhyme scheme and specific structure.This poem is in the form of a sonnet and has a feminine rhyme.