A true, literary epic hero, however, must meet a specific set of criteria regarding his abilities and character: qualities that ensure his distinction at a level above other great individuals. An even greater amount was displayed when Beowulf chose to fight Grendel without the aid of weapons. In order to be considered a modern hero the individual must demonstrate these particular qualities, and courage, pride, and humility should be reflected in the actions they make. On the other hand he may not be completely an epic hero because many heroes live in prosperity in there older years. People felt that all of the great deeds that he had done made him deserve glorification. Grendel is a ferocious monster that has been killing the Danes in the mead hall 115.
Beowulf shows physical strength in the story by defeating Grendel. Beowulf put his people even before his own life when it came time to slay the dragon. As he battles against certain monsters, the readers can visualize the actual strength that Beowulf attains. Beowulf then returns to Geatland, ascends to the throne some fifty years later, and slays a dragon in his final act. The epic poem recounts the deeds of the hero with objectivity.
But within those people, the ones that do not quit due to their frustration are the real heroes. The warrior was the ultimate hero who represented strength and courage. Although Beowulf experiences human emotions and feelings, he is able to master and control them very well, and he will be remembered forever, achieving a type of immortality. This battle also reveals Beowulf's virtues and the characteristics of an epic hero. On their way to fight, he declares that he will either win or die for his people Arnold Para.
Beowulf establishes himself as a hero by fighting the dragon, exemplifing strength and courage when fighting the dragon, and sacrificing himself so that others can live. There are many qualities that a hero must posses such as bravery, courage, strength, intelligence and honor. Traditionally, an Epic Hero defined as a hero in an epic tale has specific characte … ristics that mark them as different than ordinary men. Beowulf is the ultimate epic hero who risks his life countless times for glory which to him meant eternal life. For exampleOdysseus from Greek mythology, suffers and conquers all thetroubles to get home, losing his whole crew, being a practical sexslave for 7 years, finally getting home and having to fight off thesuitors, and then having to make peace with Poseidon; thougheventually he enjoys his old years in Greece prosperous. Beowulf is the ideal epic hero through his superhuman physical strength, much idolized by the people of the Anglo-Saxon time period. One of the key qualities of the Anglo-Saxon epic hero in which Beowulf possesses is bravery.
The image of Grendel invading the hall while his enemies are asleep and blood spurting all around is also similar to something human warriors might have been seen doing. For Beowulf, protecting his land came along with leading his people. Yet, Beowulf is mortally wounded and is about to die. For example Odysseus from Greek mythology, suffers and conquers all the troubles to get home, losing his whole crew, being a practical sex slave for 7 years, finally getting home and having to fight off the suitors, and then having to make peace with Poseidon; though eventually he enjoys his old years in Greece prosperous. He was looking for the king; or Hygelac's.
They are usually known by their people and are faced with a dilemma. This poem was telling of the time of societies progression of converting from the Paganism religion to the Christianity religion. Self-sacrificing for the greater good is one the traits that both Jon and Beowulf can be examined by. The poem Beowulf, written in old English by an anonymous writer still holds fame for describing Heroism. Beowulf repeatedly endangers himself to protect others. Lines 371- 455 are about Beowulf presenting himself to Hrothgar in order to slay Grendel.
He fought in numerous battles with the odds clearly against him. Although his fellows may be great warriors like Achilles and Beowulf, he may have a commitatus, or group of noble followers with whom he grew up , he undertakes a task that no one else dare attempt. Beowulf is the ideal epic hero through his fearlessness and bravery. Beowulf shows that he protects his culture because, well, he defends his culture 'till the death. He encounters many monsters and horrible beasts, but he never fears the threat of death.
The hero may encounter a numinous phenomenon a place or person having a divine or supernatural force such as a haunted wood or enchanting sorceress that he most use strength, cunning, and divine assistance to overcome. He should protect them from harm but instead he sacrificed many of his companions to carry out his plan. It was probably based on myths and folktales that were handed down throughout time and eventually were written out as the tale of Beowulf. I think of someone who, in my opinion of others, has heroic traits or has performed a brave act and is regarded as a representation or ideal is a hero. Heros always have people to look up to him and will always excel when the going gets treacherous.