The final hero archetype that the characters will be compared to is the action of leaving to go on an adventure or journey. Beowulf leaves several places and adventures to different places throughout his journey. Beowulf first demonstrates leaving for an adventure when he left Geatland with his men and “they sailed, set their ship/ Out on the waves, under the cliffs” for Herot (Beowulf 210-211). Soon after arriving at Herot, as aforementioned, Beowulf defeats Grendel. His adventure does not stop there, however. Beowulf and his men soon wake to find...
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...I strongly view both as heroes. Beowulf is a hero because of his strength and ability to protect his people no matter what. Beowulf lived in a war-torn country so it makes sense that traits such as strength and bravery are revered. For example, a messenger gives a brief history of their country after the death of Beowulf and says, “These are the quarrels, the hatreds, the feuds,/ That will bring us battles, force us into war/ With the Swedes, as soon as they’ve learned how our lord/ Is dead” (Beowulf 2999-3002). On the other hand, Sir Gawain lived in a time where it was the inner qualities that mattered. The exceptional traits that Sir Gawain embodies made him a hero to his people. In conclusion, although Beowulf, Sir Gawain, and Doctor Faustus all fit the aforementioned hero archetype characteristics; I believe only Beowulf and Sir Gawain qualify as heroes.
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