Beowolf Hero

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Imagine a hero that exemplifies all epic hero qualifications by simply living his life, rather than the image of a form fitting uniform instilled into the mind due to society’s atmosphere. Because of the lack of records and information, the epic poem Beowulf is categorized under the section of works’ with unknown authors. Beowulf, considered to be a typical epic hero, expresses his aptitudes by his actions. He takes on the challenge of battling countless creatures in his time. Throughout his arrogant life, he strives for fame and fortune instead of seeking the well-being of others within his surroundings. In addition, another great piece of literature is Shakespeare’s own Romeo and Juliet. Romeo, not typically considered to be an epic hero, is actually a leading actor in disguise. He acts upon a personal quest, which is inconspicuously developing his own characters’ magnitude. Beowulf and Romeo, two epic heroes from two separate worlds, unknowingly follow the same dangerous destiny by their characteristics, noble birth, and their determining the fate of a nation.

Primary, Beowulf and Romeo can be greatly compared by their similar display of characteristics. In the beginning of Beowulf, the hero discusses the situation of fighting against a devil-monster with his bare hands. Referring to Grendel and himself, the poet says, “Is so great that he needs no weapons and fears none. Nore will I. My lord Higlac might think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to, if I hid behind some broad linden shield: my hands alone shall fight for me, struggle for life against the monster” (Beowulf 168-174). The mighty warrior issues massive amounts of courage by fighting against a supernatural being. Thus Beowulf displays the epic hero quality of characteristics by his expressing of bravery. Correspondingly, the famous balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet confers the matter of secretly denying identity for passion. Shakespeare explains, “Tis but thy name that is my enemy; Thou art thyself, though not a Montague” (Shakespeare 892). The previous quote conveys the exact same meaning of bravery that Beowulf exhibits. Romeo communicates gallantry by risking his life to fall in love with “the enemy.” Out of all of the women that Romeo could have chosen to attain a courtship with, he chose to seek undefined love with Juliet. These examples between Beowulf and Romeo are easily compared because of their precise contribution of bravery to the epic hero qualities.

Secondly, the male protagonists both share a common background, which is being born of a noble birth. Beowulf’s high authority is presented multiple times during the epic poem. The unknown author says, “At the hall, bold and warlike, and with Beowulf, their lord and leader, they walked on the mead-hall green” (Beowulf 596). This aforementioned quote donates to the epic hero quality, noble birth, because it describes that Beowulf is their “lord and leader.” Furthermore, similar examples of noble birth are shown by Romeo within his captivated voyage of seeking for destiny. Inspiring William Shakespeare inscribes, “Romeo, son to Montague” (Shakespeare 882). Although it is a short stretch, edifying information is given in the former illustration. This passage defines Romeo’s position of authority, which is son of the royal Montague family. The majestic young man proves he is born of high power by his known title. Both Romeo and Beowulf provide confirmation of being nobly born, by their accountable conditions.

Additionally, the two epic heroes are analogous because of their crucial places in determining the fate of their nations. On the same note, the prince of Geats decides to demolish a fire breathing dragon to receive riches and to further protect his kingdom. “I’d use no sword, no weapon, if this beast could be killed without it, crushed to death like Grendel, gripped in my hands and torn limb from limb. But his breath will be burning hot, poison...
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