Essay about Heroism in Beowulf and the Wife of Bath's Tale

637 Words Jul 6th, 2012 3 Pages
The stories “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” and “Beowulf” both display examples of heroism. In the time of Beowulf, heroism was thought to have been strictly based on pure strength and the ability to defeat opponents. As time progresses, the definition of a hero has become more open. In the time of “The Wife of Bath's Tale”, wisdom and the ability to make important decisions are becoming qualities for defining a hero. Heroes are very important within a society, they give people hope and someone to look up to in a time of need, with the measures of defining a hero changing, this allows for a wider variety of people, including women, to become heroes. Beowulf “who of all the men on earth was the strongest” was regarded as a hero because of his …show more content…
Do which may be the more pleasing and bring most honour to you.” Heroically, the crone managed to make the knight into a better person by using her wisdom and standing for what she believed in, and helping their society. Both heroes are able to do heroic acts to aid their society and the people but have different traits that make them heroic. The Danish town had been terrorized by Grendel for a long time. Beowulf was extremely confident that he was able to defeat the monster and eventually, “the Danes had been served as he'd boasted he'd serve them.” He was able to do as he said he would and defeat the monster, after, he was regarded as a hero by the Danes. In The Wife of Bath's Tale, the crone, was able to help the knight and improve his personality, this made a impact on a larger scale, by allowing women to have more recognition as heroes in a time when strength and bravery were considered the only traits of heroism. Heroism is an important aspect in all societies. The acceptance of more traits to defining a hero is important because it allows for many more people to be heroes. The advancement in literature demonstrates the changing times and that the strong and brave, like Beowulf, are no longer the only ones that can be heroes. The righteous and wise, like the crone, are becoming heroes as

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