William Shakespeare 's Beowulf - Noble Or Narcissistic
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10 December, 2014
Noble or Narcissistic Many people have different understandings of what it is to be a hero. In the dictionary the definition of a hero is a person, typically a man, who people admire or idolize for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Beowulf lacks noble qualities. Noble qualities show what he will fight for what they believe in no matter the cost or the benefits. A true hero fights for the good in the world and what they believe in their heart.
In the epic poem Beowulf, fighting for glory and honor shows noble qualities, but for the wrong reasons. Beowulf has an idealistic background which provides glory for him. “Beowulf, strong and courageous, is the prince of Geats. Once he makes a vow, he stands by his word, no matter what the cost, even if it takes his life. He is reluctant to back down from battle, just so he can be there for the people who are in great need to be saved from evil. He signifies the true heroic character because he is willing to risk his life for his ideals. Beowulf defeats three gruesome monsters, two of whom are descendants of Cain.” (Character) Beowulf vows to protect his kingdom even if he would have to risk his own life. People seem to consider a hero as someone who risks their life to save another. Beowulf sets off to fight Grendel for the glory, not just the satisfaction of saving people. “When we crossed the sea, my comrades/ And I, I already knew that all/ My