Heros Gilgamesh Essay

Jared Adams

Hero Paper

In stories such as Beowulf, Gilgamesh and the Iliad there are three visible types of heroes. A hero is someone that is strong, intelligent, handsome, and daring. Upon closer examination, many different qualities than these become apparent. Courage, honesty, bravery, selflessness, and the will to try are just a few of the overlooked qualities of a hero. Heroes of the past are not necessarily heroes of present time and vice versa. But a hero’s motivation is what categorizes him as a moral hero, the basis of which is the choice of right and wrong.
The hero Beowulf uses his beyond human strength to defend the weak and helpless. In this story it speaks about how he uses his powers to save the Danes. He smashes several bones and removes body parts from the beasts he kills (105-110.4). Grendel’s mother begins to attack the people after he slew Grendel. Beowulf holds his breath for hours just to hunt down Grendel’s mother and save the people again. (179-182.6).
Beowulf in this story is seeking more glory for his already enormous ego. (14-15 Bacground). After Beowulf wins he proceeds to rip Grendels arm off, he has earned more glory. (109-110.4). Beowulf has another challenge, of which is to defeat Grendel’s mother, and if he wins he will be rewarded with fame and riches (175-178.). Beowulf begins to feel weak and is almost defeated by her. Then his strength is renewed by his desire for fame and fortune and he proceeds to cut her head off with a giant sword (219-225. 7).
The next hero Gilgamesh is the leader of a city of people, but because of his pride he has become tyrannical. The gods send the beast Humbaba to both humble and terrorize the city. Gilgamesh is two thirds god, and he has to save his people from Humbaba and his own self. (1-6 Background)
Gilgamesh is chalenged by the great Humbaba, he must fight him because of his pride fullness. He is a pride driven hero (5-10.1). he also is being driven by something else,...