We do not only look for someone that is sure of his supernatural strength. People today look for a hero that gives them hope and that is admirable because he keeps on struggling to reach his goals. Today a hero must have suffered challenges that make him grow as a better human. Beowulf perfectly fulfills the characteristics of an epic hero because he fight... ... middle of paper ... ...s always talking about his qualities. In conclusion, although Beowulf possessed many heroic qualities he would not be considered a hero in today’s world.
Heroes are thought to be more extreme and braver than the average human being. They fight for what they see as wrong when no one else will. Heroes understand the sacrifices civilians make to overcome adversity and have experienced the hardships and fought through troubles, thus can relate to the less-fortunate of society. We expect a hero to protect people from harm while maintaining their character and are idolized for their bravery to fight for what they think is right. But does fighting for what is right make ones actions justifiable to correct that wrong or does it inflict more harm than good?
Beowulf had plenty of courage, most men his age would have backed down and not fought, but Beowulf being the brave man he was, stood up in hopes to still protect his people. Beowulf is a courageous and strong hero because he shows all of the qualities and traits that a true hero should possess. His actions toward Grendel show that he is willing to help others. Beowulf defeats Grendel, his mother, and a dragon until seriously injured. Beowulf has all of the characteristics that are expected from a hero.
Nevertheless, heroes exist and posses these ever changing heroic qualities. Beowulf is clearly demonstrated to be a hero, and we can observe the qualities he possesses to enable him to have that title. While Sir Gawain’s heroic accomplishments are a little more debatable, I would argue that he deserves the same title; he exudes qualities which can be consider... ... middle of paper ... ...is days lamenting his decision to use the girdle, so he isn’t ignorant of what he as done. Secondly, there is absolutely nothing heroic about dying without a cause, which is what would have been the case had the Green Knight carried out his threat. I see no harm done in preparing oneself for an encounter such as the one he went through.
Even if it is an imaginary superhero or an everyday rescuer, everybody has idolized a hero. The phrase being a hero represents the concept of heroism because it involves risk and is initiated without the expectation of any material gain. Heroism is an inner quality of courage and audacity, that an individual expresses even when it is believed the odds are against success. There are about as many different definitions of heroism as there are heroes. According to Merriam-Webster 's, Heroism is defined as heroic conduct especially as exhibited when fulfilling a high purpose or attaining a noble end (Merriam-Webster 's).
The media is quick to attach the word “hero” to anyone that does a good deed. I disagree with this because, good deeds don’t necessarily make you a hero, they make you a good person. Being heroic should come naturally. Heroes are born, not made. A hero must be courageous, kind-hearted and humble.
Anyone can be a hero to someone if they do something to help another person who is unable to do a certain task,but this is not the only quality of a hero. This can include taking the trash out for the elderly. Some, like John Barth, say “Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.” This also means that one does not have to defeat anyone to be a hero because one could be having an internal conflict with oneself. The characteristic being selfless is a prime example of how the heroes of today are and what they do for society through their selfless acts. In the book Anthem, Equality 7-2521 is fearless and persistent in many ways.
During his journey he proves his self-confidence before the encounter with Skylla Mountain. Even though... ... middle of paper ... ...-evaluation and corrected himself by turning his life around so that he could be fully aware of what it means to be a hero. Even though he has different traits from different heroic people he still succeeded in proving himself, like all heroes do. Now he truly understands his place in the world, his purpose, and what he must do in the future as the main hero of his household. Journeys like Odysseus’s would influence people to think about a hero in a complete opposite way than stories about pure-hearted knights in shining armor because it shows a person’s mistakes and how he handles or copes with them while maturing overtime.
Without his history of glorious deeds, he would see himself bereft of the very power which qualifies him to be a good King. Beowulf’s bravery never comes in to question, he does meet every challenge head-on, with deadly attention. The society which labels Beowulf as a legendary hero, recognizes his actions and his bravery as a integral part of his definition as a hero. Without the society to support th... ... middle of paper ... ...or a chivalric Knight embodies the battle of the righteous self against corruption. Gawain’s strength comes from his discovery of his own flaws.
With Beowulf, he sacrifices his life to come fight for a country that isn’t even his. Beowulf is an epic hero because he puts himself in harm's way, fearless, for the benefit of others. Beowulf's first heroic accomplishment is his defense against the monster Grendel. Heorot is not even Beowulf’s own hall, but he is willing to risk his own life to protect its peopl...