Superman can be qualified as a hero because he has heroic qualities and is regarded as a model. Same as, Beowulf, the epic character can also be considered as a hero due to his heroic traits. Each of these heroic traits emphasizes an Anglo Saxon value. These heroic characteristics are loyalty, bravery, and honor. These three heroic traits that Beowulf had were very important to the Anglo Saxon. The loyalty Beowulf shows to the Danes illustrates the importance of loyalty to the community of the Anglo-Saxons. Also his bravery and honor also illustrates how the Anglo Saxon values the important brave ones. Not only did Beowulf’s heroic traits was important to the Anglo Saxons but it also made him a true hero. Even though Beowulf is a modern hero, some might say he is not because he fails to show his bravery to save an innocent one when Grendel striked a Geat warrior. One of the heroic traits that made Beowulf a hero was loyalty. Loyalty is the state of being loyal. In the poem, Beowulf shows loyalty when he tells Hrothgar why he is at the land of the Danes. He said, “My one request is that you wont refuse me, who have come this far, the privilege of purifying Heorot, with my own men to help, and nobody else” (429-430). This means that he came to the Land of the Danes to defeat Grendel for them. This shows loyalty because he cares for the Danes. In addition, Beowulf shows he was being loyal to the Geats when Grendel’s mother went to the mead-hall to seek vengeance for her son’s death. He said, “I guarantee you, she will not get away.”(Heaney Line 1319) When Beowulf said this, he promises that Grendel’s mother will not get away with Aeschere’s death. Beowulf loyalty to the Geats truly makes him a hero. Not only was bravery a heroic trait but respect was one too. Respect was carry throughout the whole medieval age. Sir Gawain shows his respect by asking his lord to let him take his place. He said, “Would command me to step from the dais and stand with you there, that I might without bad manners more down from my place” (130-131). This tells readers that he was asking his knight to let him step down to take his place. By doing this, this shows respect because knights in the middle age respect the people by class. In addition to his respect, he shows it when he talks to the King's lady at the Green Chapel. In the poem, it said, “And she pressed the sash upon him and begged him to take it, And Gawain did, and she gave him the gift with great pleasure and begged him, for her sake, to say not a word, and to keep it hidden from her lord” (259-267). The lady gave Gawain a lucky jewelry and told him to keep it a secret. Gawain shows respect to the lady by taking the charm and by promising her that the secret is only to be between them two. Gawain showing respect makes him a hero. Loyalty was not only shown by Beowulf but by the Anglo Saxon too. Loyalty was a big deal in the Anglo Saxon Tribes. It was like a protection to the community. The Anglo Saxon would depend and trust others around them to keep them safe. Also they would use fences to protect their whole Tribe. “The Anglo Saxons tended to live close to their animals in single- family homesteads, wooden buildings that surrounded a communal court or a warm, fire lit chieftain’s hall” (Document B). By living close together and it shows that the Anglo Saxon were keeping each other safe. Therefore they valued loyalty. In addition to loyalty, bravery was another heroic trait that Beowulf had. Bravery is being able to go against the odds and possibly risk your life in the process. In the poem, Beowulf shows bravery when he is about to attack Grendel’s mother. He said, “If this combat kills me, take care of my young company, my comrades in arms” (Heaney Line 1480). When Beowulf said this, its shows that this battle may be his last because Grendel’s mother is a tough one to fight. Even though it might be his last battle, he still has the courage to go kill…
During the Middle Ages, there was only one main religion in Western Europe, Christianity. This was led by the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Whether you were a peasant or a noble, people dedicated their lives to the church regardless of their social class. During this many events occurred that has shaped the religion millions of people pratice today.
In 313,emperor licinius and Constantine signed what was known as the Edict of Milan. This letter proclaimed religious tolerance in the roman empire…
Nicholas Kim and Jonathan Tsai Social Science, Period 5 February 17, 2014
Our focus is going to be clothing that peasants wore during the Middle Ages that lasted from 500 AD to 1500 AD. The subtopics are men and children, class(rank), women, and the materials that the Medieval people used. In general the people wore different types of clothes depending on rank. We will also focus on the shoes…
Surprisingly enough, the Dark ages did not necessarily mean they were dark. It is referring to the time in European history of poverty and violence. This period of time lasted for a long time. The major change that brought the Dark Ages out of itself is the use of Crusades and craft guilds. Christianity was flourishing and powerful, but the pope was scared that they were going to get attacked brutally. They were in need of soldiers, so the pope promised eternal life no matter what if they joined…
A very prominent difference between the Renaissance and Middle Ages is that of the art. The Renaissance artists followed the more classical form of art. They portrayed human beauty and the religion predominantly. The Renaissance artists had a deep sense of perspective and developed two dimensional effects. Michelangelo’s David is a good example of Renaissance art. The Middle Ages portrayed Gothic art. The Gothic style of architecture is characterized by pointed arches and ribbed vaults. This form…
In the Early Middle Ages, depopulation, deurbanization, and barbarian invasions, which began in Late Antiquity, continued. The barbarian invaders formed new kingdoms in the remains of the Western Roman Empire. In the 7th century North Africa and the Middle East, once part of the Eastern Roman Empire (the Byzantine Empire), became an Islamic Empire after conquest by Muhammad's successors. Although there were substantial changes in society and political structures, the break with Antiquity was not…
THE MIDDLE AGES | 2013
The Middle Ages Assignment containing 8 historical skills from Bloom’s Thinking, assigned in SOSE by Mrs Colley. | By Marisa Tomlinson |
Level Design: What is the legacy of the Middle Ages?...........................................................................1
Level Analyse: Historical Paragraph........................................................................................................2
Level Apply: Labelled Diagram....................…
Honors World History
21, December 2014
Middle Ages Project
The growth of royal power
During the High Middle Ages, royal power in the monarchy became hereditary, since
inheritance of the throne was less violent and disputed at the time than elections
created royal courts and justices to fix arguments over property and
repress crime. This legal
jurisdiction, along with military, in order to enforce judgement…
Rome fell, that union also vanished: For centuries there was no unity and there were no nations as we know them today. As the many nomadic Germanic tribes from northern Europe moved across the continent during this period, sometimes called the "Dark Ages", what political organization did exist in Europe grew out of the tribal organization of these peoples. Only a few of these tribes made a lasting impression.
The Angles and Saxons established their rule and culture in Great Britain (hence the name…
Many women seem more balanced in their feelings with a sense of calmness and acceptance of their pregnancy and everything that goes with it.
Listed below are some common emotional reactions and concerns that women frequently express during the middle months of their pregnancy. This list is far from complete but is a guide to illustrate how universal some of these feelings can be.
Excited, mixed emotions
Forgetful and vague
Healthy and 'glowing'
I hate being pregnant – feeling conscious of body…
Weapons and Arms in the Middle Ages
In my observations of the Medieval time period I found the weapons to be brutal, and atrocious. From war hammers to napalm to the arquebus, this was by far the most in-humane advancement in weapons apart from modern day. The Medieval time went from about the 11th century to the 14th. During this time survival depended on the power of the certain ruler people served under. The power of the ruler depended directly upon his army and the army upon their weapons…