Essay about The True Virtues of a Hero: From Old Age to New Age

1182 Words Jun 19th, 2011 5 Pages
The Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Periods shape the view of a gallant from day one till now. From the tales of Beowulf, Le Morte d’ Arthur, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, an epic hero’s persona becomes the ideal image of an admirable character. Regardless of all the faults encountered, with certain characteristics such as honor, courage, loyalty, and honesty, an epic hero can mean so much to an individual. Just as the old ages, not every individual can have the full combination of a hero. As years past and time changes, these virtues still remain the same. Till this day, anyone with courage, loyalty, and honesty, deserves to be honored. Those individuals are the ones that young children look up to the most; those are the true heroes of …show more content…
He did all he could to protect them and defend his people without asking for anything in return. After his death, he was honored with all his glory, “Beowulf’s followers rode, mourning their beloved leader, crying that no better king had ever lived, no prince so mild, no man so open to his people, so deserving of praise” (893-897). For all the things he did for his people, he remained as an epic hero throughout their lives and within their hearts. King Arthur portrayed his role as king with all his effort. He led his army to a battle with Mordred without fearing what would happen to him. It takes a lot of honor to be king and be able to manage to keep Britain under safe terms. Britain trusts King Arthur as their king; he has that position in the palm of his hands. When King Arthur went to battle Launcelot for killing Gareth, he allowed his people to see the loyal side of him. He wasn’t willing to just let Launcelot get away with the murder of Gareth. When King Arthur realizes what Mordred is trying to do and the danger Britain is in, he decides to take charge and does what he has to do in order to make sure Mordred is defeated before he fails his people. With courage, King Arthur sets off with fourteen knights and battles Mordred. He finally kills Mordred even with all the pain in him. He was willing to put his life on the line for his people even if that meant killing his own son. Sir Bedivere and

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