"..needed him most...," (l. 2694, 106). His loyal act does not save his king but allows Beowulf the chance he needs to kill the dragon and die with respect. Because Wiglaf was loyal to his king and stood by him, Beowulf rewarded Wiglac by asking him to grant his dying words. Wiglaf may have been only one man, but out of Beowulf's followers, he is the only one brave enough to face danger when his king needed him. Beowulf is a wonderful poem full of heroic men.
He was a great king who received honor and loyalty from his men. Although, during the fight with the dragon Beowulf's men run away and as a result Beowulf dies. The book claims that Beowulf had fate against him in his last battle against the dragon, but also says that Beowulf had Christian morals. By having two conflicting religions (paganism and Christianity) it makes the story more interesting. This book is composed of four main characteristics: fame, kingship, fate, and God, which play very important roles throughout the book.
Beowulf has the fatal flaw of pride, making him fearless and independent during battle, thus leading to his untimely death and making him a tragic hero, instead of an epic hero. Beowulf disregards the dragon’s potential danger because of the immense pride he has in himself, “Yet the prince of the rings was too proud / to line up with a large army / against the sky plague. He had scant regard / for the dragon as a threat, no dread at all / of its courage or strength” (2345 – 2349). Beowulf has a lot of pride, mainly because of his past achievements in battle. This pride has led Beowulf to the point where he doesn’t want to fight with an army because he truly thinks he is stronger and better than anyone who fights him.
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.
During Beowolfs time people spoke very highly of heroes. An example from the story of Beowolf protecting good is when the king is speaking of him. He says of Beowolf, "Until that curving prow carries/Across the sea to Geatland a chosen/warrior who bravely does battle with the/creature haunting our people, who survives/that horror unhurt, and goes home bearing/our love. "(208-212) The king speaks of Beowolf as a great hero and hopes that he will be able to defeat Grendel, the monster that has been terrorizing Herot. Before his confrontation with Grendel, he did many other things to assist his people.
Beowulf is a very brave and courageous person. His actions toward the monster Grendel that was terrorizing the Danes show that he is willing to help others. In an epic it is usually found that the hero often determines the fate of a nation or group of people. Beowulf has definitely helped the Danes and his own people the Geats in their triumph over evil by killing Grendel his mom and the dragon. He has helped mankind a great deal and because of that he is made king of the Geats.
Many of the epic poems have a major or final enemy which is ultimately what he whole story is leading up because a hero never says no to a fight. Beowulf has many heroic qualities throughout the entire poem which can not be said about Achilles. Achilles has different qualities that i will discuss in this essay. The whole story of Beowulf is heroic in that he is a Geat warrior but comes to the land of the Danes because he heard of the horrible monster attacking their mead-hall. Right from the beginning he shows loyalty because King Hrothgar a long time ago helped him father out and now he wants to repay the favor.
He wants to be celebrated in lifetimes to come for his bravery and strength because this is the ultimate affirmation of a genuine hero. Beowulf fights and conquers three monsters. The first monster he kills with his bare hands, claiming “I will not put him to sleep with a sword, so take away his life, though surely I mi... ... middle of paper ... ...believable riches, Hrothgar is shown to be a true, compassionate man and proves right off the bat that he truly loves Beowulf and is grateful for everything that he has done. WORKS CITED Grout, James. Sutton Hoo.
Beowulf tells the prince, “And if your enemy should end my life then be, o generous prince, forever the father and protector of all whom I leave behind me” (ln. 452). Beowulf knows that he has an impossible task ahead of him but yet again he is risking his life to save others. In this battle against Grendel’s mother, Beowulf must hold his breath an extremely unrealistic amount of time, while fighting a battle with weapons that were useless against the monster. This superhuman powers are only small examples that stress the epic hero qualities Beowulf possesses.