Macbeth is surprisingly not the villain he is commonly thought as. Rather, he is the helpless puppet of his masters. Macbeth is initially presented as a rational and well-thought out man of conscience believing in God’s judgement. He earns himself an envious reputation of a brave and loyal soldier and values success. Motivated by honor and glory, he fights in service for King Duncan and is lauded: For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name, Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel, Which smoked with bloody execution, Like valour’s minion carved out his passage.
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.
However, the goodness of his character is revealed through his moral consideration of others, the way his fellow men admire him, and his reactions to the corruption he discovers in the military system. Thus, although Yossarian does not possess the typical characteristics of a traditional hero, his inherent concern for the well-being of others and defiant acts ultimately prove his heroism. Yossarian’s refusal to fly the ever-rising amount of missions and his reputation with the other men in his squadron show the heroic qualities of his actions. At first, his avoidance of combat seems merely self-centered, as the war is not something he believes in. When Yossarian has his traumatic experience trying to save Snowden in which he realizes that “man is matter” (450), his motives broaden as he realizes how fragile life is.
Beowulf has the noble status of the prince of the Geats, making his death seem unbelievable because of his superior nobility and courageousness. While the Danish coast guard observes Beowulf, he says, “Nor have I seen / a mightier man-at-arms on this earth / than the one standing here: unless I am mistaken, / he is truly noble” (247 – 250). In the beginning of the epic poem, Beowulf truly exemplifies the identity of a courageous hero, and he also has the noble status of a prince. His appearance is bold and intimidating, giving people the impression that he is an audacious hero of great significance. This makes the readers admire Beowulf, and this is quite ironic, because later in the poem Beowulf is pitied as a tragic warrior who is killed in a gory battle with a dragon.
Maximus is humble, modest, and generous who values family life more than wealth and power. When Maximus speaks to his soldiers he talks calmly and with authority, he speaks in a way that the soldiers would want to listen to him and therefore every soldier likes him and looks up to him. After that there is a war between the Romans and the Germanians. Due to the intense power and organisation of the Romans, they were successful and the battle was quite straight forward for the Romans. The firs... ... middle of paper ... ...his gives the Roman Army confidence because this makes them feel brave and not frightened because they know they are fighting for the truth and integrity.
Regardless of the reason for his sudden cowardice, Hektor is unable to defeat Achilleus and falls by the Achaian’s hand (22.355-260). Hektor is one of the most sympathetic characters in Homer’s famous epic, The Iliad. He stands apart from the other selfish heroes with his strong sense of duty, which motivates all of his actions. Though he is the main adversary of the story’s Achaian heroes, he is favorably established and likable. For this reason, the reader cannot help but be saddened by his death and look upon his character with admiration.
Thus, his most enthusiastic feelings are focused around little else than dreams, making him appear vain and egotistical. Henry's purposes behind needing to win radiance in fight are a long way from honorable. The philosophical underpinnings of the war do not spur him; not, one or the other does any profoundly held, particular feeling of good and bad. Rather, Henry craves notoriety. He trusts that a great execution on the front line will deify him as a legend among men who, in light of the training impacts of religion and instruction, infrequently separate themselves so drastically.
Beowulf is a selfless person who is governed by a code of ethics to help other people. His inner conflicts, whether to act selflessly to help others or to accumulate rewards and personal fame, are good examples of the human side of his personality. Beowulf certainly has a capacity for forgiveness and generosity that is illustrated in his relationship with Unferth. He is never sure if his success as a warrior is due to his strength, or to God's help. In the same sense, Beowulf's character represents the major conflict of his tim... ... middle of paper ... ...r and the treasure of the slain dragon adorn his grave.
He is seen as all-knowing, having a perfect plan in place, often seen as calm, as good, as the main force of reason and logic and Man’s highest qualities. I do not dispute all of this. Prospero is an amazingly talented, wise, mature man in control of himself and his environment, but he is not perfect. This is a play showing growth and education in its characters, but most of all, the growth and education of Prospero himself. At the outset, he is a man in struggle, an embittered man, a vengeful tyrannical man; not God, unless it is the cruel anthropomorphic God of the early Old Testament.
He was not "dignified" in the way that General Lee was, though rough and ready, he was always a gentleman, in the best meaning of the word. He was proud of his soldiers and his work, and ambitious to do his utmost for his country. He had so great a faith in the Union cause that he never for a moment lost hope that in the end it would succeed.