The Relative Between Modern and Anglo Saxon Models of Heroand their Attributes: We all read books novels and shortstories more often than usual and encountered some personalities that werebeyond expectations of benevolent traits.
Normal man or women tried to emulate them,copy them but in vain. This short essay will describe what were the importantconspicuous traits of a Hero in regards of old English and modern English.(P.s I will write some ideals andthe models of the first hero Beowulf oldEnglish era or Pre-Chaucer era and try to relate them with the classic or neoclassicliterature model i.e.
Batman) In terms of bravery and courage:Allow me to paint a picture of aman who is not a conformist. He goes out in the woods late at night and triesto search for the monster who is disturbing his village. Making their villagersbeing hid under their beds in dark of the night and howls of the wolves, (thefoolish man as villagers say to him) is audaciously going to embark on aventure to slay the monster.This man is Beowulf and he is the Idol of the old English literature the epicpoem Beowulf. Unmistakably anonymous in origin, this epic poem comprises oflong verses and accustoms alliterations (that is the repetition of the samesyllable during the verses).
However, the point is not about what was the structure ofthe poem or literary craft but what is the structure of the hero. Whoever wrotethe poem or compiled it, was definitely addressing a superhuman ideal of thecommoner of those times. But I will discuss more about the ideals of the heroin the later pages but for now I will try to relate the bravery element of Beowulfto the Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. Let me takeyou to our modern times. In these times Batman has taken fandom and hassaturated the mind of teen and adults especially kids. He has been described asthe Dark Knight for a reason. Knight refers to bravery andchivalry of a man. His valor and bravery against the villain is verysignificant.
Moreover, we can also compare Batman to Beowulf in terms ofbravery and courage. Beowulf is based more on fantasy and less on reality,however Batman struggles with the reality of life. The villains of both arealso insurmountable but they both manage to beat them. In batman’s trilogythere are villains, most ruthless of them all being “bane”. He gives the Gothamcity (fictions city) a hard time, terrorizing the people while planning for amass killing and destruction. Batman stops him from doing this by gathering hiscourage and jumping to heights of audaciousness and fearlessness to stop Bane. In manner of intellectual inclination and intellectual drive:Beowulf and Batman two heroes, oneon one, face to face, who would win? it’s a good argument to arrive at a conclusionthat batman will win of course. But how? It is obvious as he is capable of usinghis ration mind and is scientific in approach as contrary to Beowulf.
Beowulf lacks rational approach and is more passion driven. Butlet’s take a brief moment to think about the manner of perspective we aretalking about. I am taking my perspective into account. How about we take acommoner of old English or Anglo Saxon era.
What he would say about this sameidol Batman? He would first be scared and fearful of the cunning and cleverMind of Batman, also take into account the dressing sense of Batman, (all darkwith bat like ears actually used as antennas for hearing long and distantconversations of people). Ironically he would be taken as a villain in thetimes of 6th or 14th century times. Beowulf would befighting Batman instead of Grendel the monster.
In terms of Physicality: When we compare the physicalendurance and abilities then we would be sure to believe that Beowulf is the onthe winning side. Beowulf had been brought up in wilderness and animalisticenvironment. He trained all his life, using his four limbs as his primaryweapon. He picked up sword at the age of five and died with a sword in his hand(Dragon and Beowulf duel, giving and receiving of a mortal wound). While we can compare Batman to Beowulf, we can point out the differencein the power and muscular development of them. Batman trained hard, worked out6 days a week and practiced his critical thinking abilities all day and allnight honing his abilities as a scientist.
However, when he fought with Bane, amuch stronger opponent he was first defeated in the battle as he was caught ina fight unprepared for facing bane. The second time he won as he prepared wellfor the duel and odds were stacked on his side. In terms societal values:The question arises that what wasdriving them to do this in the first place? what was making them choose braveryover cowardice? what was their conviction? the answer could be found vaguely asboth were driven by vague abstract values whose compensation could be less ormore impossible to give.Beowulf was fighting in the name ofhis country making him patriotic and daring. He had loyalty to his nation andhis brethren.
He sacrificed a life of a commoner and willed himself to bedevotee of the King and his royal family. He breathed in the name of the Kingand died in the name of his country. This shows how he was inclined towardsothers safety amidst crisis of the era.
Batman was also driven by apatriotic drive but in a more modernistic way. For example, in one part of thestory of batman we come to know about the fear of Batman. He has a fear of Batsearly in his childhood. He also lost his childhood when his parents were shotand killed on spot by robbers (making him revengeful of the the crime peoplecommit). He then makes his aim in life to face his biggest fear that is Bats andalso fight crime so that no other child should lose their childhood because ofcriminals. This makes us reflect the modern day heroes. We come to know throughbatman that heroes too, face “Fears” in their lives.
Another thing I would like to addis about their societal image or face. It is very distinguishable that Batmanhide in the shadows and did his work in the night mostly to instill fear in hisenemies. But since he hid under a mask, he never revealed his identity to thesociety. He did what he did without seeking praise or validation. Many timeshis image was also criticized by the people of Gotham.
Police wanted to jailhim as he was accused of the crimes that he did not did. But in the deepestcore he still managed to be inclined to serve justice to the people of Gotham.However, Beowulf was very conspicuous and revealing in demeanor he did notwore a mask. In fact, he was naked to some extent while fighting Monsters. “Bad things do happenin the world like war, natural disasters, disease but out of those situationsalways arise those stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things”.
– Daryn KaganIn short there is a significantdifference in the attributes of both idols. There are similarities in somemanner as they both were doing for the betterment of the society and instillpeace and harmony to the society. Charitable in approach and benevolent. Theirselflessness and brotherly love for the nation was and is very conspicuous tothe reader (or a watcher, in case of movies)assignment