This heroic tragedy takes one on the journey of Beowulf’s rise and fall as a hero. Beowulf is an epic poem because it features a central hero, various forms of conflict, and a lesson in morality. When Denmark was in need of a hero, the brave Beowulf was brave and became their hero. Defeating many enemies and losing his life in the defeat of one lead to Beowulf’s rise to the position of the central hero in this poem (117). In most of Beowulf’s battles he faced the monster alone showing his heroic bravery and great skills (103).
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).
Matt Eisenschmid Mr. Bloh English 3, Period 8 February 3, 2014 Beowulf: A True Epic Hero Throughout the history of literature many heroes have been created and observed in epic quests and stories. Many of the greatest stories about heroes are told in poems such as The Odyssey, The Iliad, and Beowulf. The heroes in these poems are defined “epic” by their valiant actions and the massive scale of their quests. An epic hero is more than just any typical brave soul; this type of hero does much more than saving a princess. The true definition of an epic hero is a character that will take on any challenge even it risks death, posses’ godly strength and ability, and finally will valiantly sacrifice themselves for the good of their people and ideals.
Preceding the battle with Grendel, the hero shows his worthiness to the Danes’ king in his opening speech by stating “my lord Higlac might Christopher 2 think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to” (169-171). By going into battle unarmed he is showing his abilities and loyalty to his ruler. Still as a young warrior Beowulf has his share of obligations to the afflicted people as many moral challenges lie ahead. In the first battle the man-fearing monster, Grendel, is introduced and ambushed in the mead-hall he so
The story Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney, Beowulf reveals all of those traits and makes use of them to defeat his enemies, Grendel, Grendel’s mother and lastly a Dragon. Along with the various characteristics Beowulf has, Hrothgar also has a few great qualities are very apparent, these being kindness, devotion, and daring. Both the leaders represent these qualities multiple times throughout the story. Kindness to ones' people and ones' friends is a characteristic everyone wants in a leader. In the story, Beowulf defeats Grendel, an enemy of Hrothgar and his people.
In Anglo-Saxon culture and literature, to be a warrior was to be a hero. A warrior was to be strong, intelligent, and courageous. Warriors had to be willing to face against any opponent, and fight to the death for their glory and people. The Anglo-Saxon warrior was able to be all of these, as well as be humble and kind to their people. In literature Beowulf is a perfect example of an Anglo-Saxon warrior.
Beowulf firsts shows this when he defeats Grendel in Herot, for the ring-giver Hrothgar in behalf of his king Higlac. Beowulf had killed Grendel with his bare hands in order to show his true strength. Beowulf exhibits his superhuman strength also when he kills Grendel’s mother with “A heavy sword/ Hammered by giants.” During this fight Beowulf also showed another superhuman quality of courage. Beowulf showed his superhuman courage when he
Hector was a very powerful hero he was a leader to the Trojans every man of troy wanted to be like him, even the best fighter of Grease Achilles new who he was and what he was capable of doing (In The Iliad on pg. 372 line 285 it says what Achilles tells Agamemnon) “When your hordes of fighters drop and die cut down by the hands of Man- killing Hector” Achilles acknowledged Hector as Man-killing Hector, not only Did his family Called him that but everyone who has heard of Hector will call him that because he was a great warrior with outstanding fighting skills. Hector is a prince who has so much responsibility when his home is being attacked by the Greeks Hector act like a leader he protects his family and the kingdom he dose the best he could
Fifty years into the future Beowulf is faced with a horrendous dragon and gets into an epic battle with it. Beowulf slays the dragon but pays for his victory with his own life from a life threatening injury caused by the battle. He is then buried gracefully. Beowulf displays a hero that has to fight for his right of reputation and glory. It displays cultural ties between these early Anglo-Saxon periods; when glory in battle was of the up-most respect.
According to the Anglo-Saxon culture, there is a heroic code that demonstrates the qualities of a heroic individual. These qualities include being able to share feuds, hating peace, and have hospitality among other themes. Although many people may question Beowulf’s effectiveness as a hero, he proved that the heroic code is very broad and that there is not one specific way to demonstrate heroic qualities. At the beginning of Beowulf, a big, demon-like creature named Grendel who is described as a “God-cursed brute” (line 121), attacks Daneland and King Hrothgar’s newly built monument, Heorot. Heoret is a symbol for fortune and prosperity, however this demon is not allowing the Danes to celebrate in it.