Characteristics of Beowulf as a Tragic Hero
Beowulf and Macbeth Beowulf, identified as an epic hero and Macbeth, identified as a tragic hero both are very similar and different in their own ways. The epic poem, Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney and the tragic play, Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare both have heroes as the protagonist of the story. The stories written in two different time periods, still can be seen with many similarities and differences. A tragic hero is of high ranking and unfortunately has a flaw that they possess which brings them to their tragic downfall and soon accepts the consequences that are to come.
An epic hero is larger than life and is known to be noble and brave. Beowulf and Macbeth both possess traits of overconfidence through their actions but what is lacking between them is that Macbeth is ambitious whereas Beowulf is full of courage. In contrast Macbeth, Thane of Glamis and Beowulf, Thane of the Geats both became king through different methods.
They became of higher power through overconfidence. Beowulf from beginning to end is always overconfident of himself. He becomes king because he is considered to be a good warrior, proud, and fearless. Macbeth uses outside help, the witches, and relies on his own ways of becoming a higher rank. Macbeth uses his strengths to play everyone and this led him to be overconfident and boastful.
Beowulf was always the stronger of the two because his confidence was already within him whereas Macbeth gained his confidence after he assassinated the king and got away with it. They both had a sense of boastfulness among them and believed they would never be brought down. Eventually this brought them down in the end. Macbeth accepted the consequences of his actions in the end because he said ‘Bring it after me. I will not be afraid of death and bane… ‘ (Macbeth. V. III. 59). Beowulf is killed by a dragon because he was always confident of himself and believed he would be able to defeat the dragon at an old age. Beowulf is given a proper and well respected burial whereas Macbeth is disliked and is not given the proper burial. Macbeth’s ambitiousness led him to being an overconfident character and Beowulf is a great warrior that everyone looked up to was full of pride and courage.
Hiding the truth and speaking falsely is a theme that has been thoroughly explored by many artists and writers, with a similar conclusion for most of them. Deceit emerges as […]
The nature of humanity always forces individuals to choose between right and wrong. Sometimes, there is conflict between personal desires and moral decisions. In the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare illustrates […]
Amongst all of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Macbeth is the most inconsistent and fragmented. Like the frame of mind of the protagonist, the awful structure of the play is in chaos from […]
Shakespeare’s powerful play Macbeth effectively explores the nature of evil and its effects and costs. He examines what causes people to commit evil acts such as ambition, greed and lust […]
Both Victor and Macbeth have great qualities. Victor is smart and curious. He desires to battle disease and find the secrets of nature. Macbeth has a high ranking in society […]
In the play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, it is very controversial whether or not Macbeth was doomed by fate or by a flaw in his character. It could be argued […]
GRADE G In Shakespeare’s play a man called Macbeth kills the king to get his power. Ted Hughes’s poem ‘Hawk Roosting’ is about a hawk who thinks he is powerful. […]
William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth” explores and challenges the idea of traditional gender roles and/or gender norms. The female characters in this play have a strong sense of masculine traits while […]
Macbeth’s ambition is the sole cause of the whole tragedy. Do you agree? From reading the novel Macbeth it is evident that Macbeth’s ambition is one of the sole causes […]
Beowulf and Macbeth Beowulf, identified as an epic hero and Macbeth, identified as a tragic hero both are very similar and different in their own ways. The epic poem, Beowulf […]