Beowulf Acts Of Heroism Be Disregarded As A Hero's Hero

analytical Essay
1667 words
1667 words

People questioned if Beowulf acts of heroism can really be called heroic. He may have done it just to gain fame, or made it sound unrealistic so that people would see him as a god. A hero is someone who is isn’t afraid to dance with death if it means doing what is right, or protecting someone. Beowulf has shown to have this characteristic by his tales of adventures. For example “I drove five great giants into chains, chased All of that race from the earth. In the darkness of the night hunting monsters Out of the ocean, and killing them one By one” (154-158). Should acts of heroism that seem unrealistic be disregarded as a hero’s act?
The hero’s journey can be seen as a set of laws or challenges that every hero faces through their own journey(Christopher Vogler). The hero’s journey is used as a general term such as all …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that beowulf's heroism isn't afraid to dance with death if it means doing what is right, or protecting someone.
  • Explains that the hero's journey is a set of laws or challenges that every sheo faces through their own journey. beowulf followed his journey steps as the story progressed.
  • Analyzes how beowulf and his men have proved that they contain the courage characteristic to be a hero.
  • Analyzes how beowulf defeated grendel and ended his reign of terror. the mead hall was open up again and people from far lands would come to see his arm. hrothgar represents the mentor in step four in the hero's journey.
  • Analyzes how beowulf's strength and physical appearance are essential to the anglo-saxon warrior.
  • Narrates how beowulf's journey ends when he is confronted with a dragon that threatens to destroy his kingdom.
  • Opines that beowulf has earned the right to be called a hero, even if he lacks proof in one of his stories.

Beowulf has been living at his home land taking on challenges that others may not have wanted to take on. He has always been a man of action, always looking for adventure that challenges his strength. When Beowulf was told of the rumors that a demon is tormenting Hrothgar famous mead serving hall he accepted the wise men decisions to help him rid them of the demon. This is where step two of the hero’s journey comes into play. There is a call to adventure that affects the hero in some way. Beowulf may have formed a personal connection to the cries of Hrothgar reason being his father was once had history with Hrothgar . When Hrothgar helped Beowulf 's father settle things with the Wulfings Beowulf may have felt a need to repay his father’s debt. When Beowulf and his men finished the feast the king provided in the mead hall that was closed due to Grendel’s blood lust. ¨Epic heroes possess qualities that mere mortals lack. Bravery beyond compare, superhuman intelligence, strength or skills and a driving desire to find success¨(Connie Jankowski). In this part of the story Beowulf and his men have proven that they do contain the courage

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