Throughout history, various stories surrounding heroes and their conquests have been composed. However, many of those stories have been forgotten in the passage of time. One of the few that has withstood the test of time is Beowulf; a poem that narrates the conquests of the ancient Swedish hero. In the following centuries, Beowulf has become a template for the modern day hero story. That being said, modern day heroes, such as Batman, are far more heroic due to moral values, humility, and overall intelligence.
In both Batman’s and Beowulf’s individual societies, they are viewed as heroes. ...view middle of the document...
I treated them politely, offering the edge of my razor-sharp sword.” (Lines 559-561)
As seen in this quote, Beowulf was far from humble. He constantly recounted his memorable battles and was quite arrogant. Batman, on the other hand, doesn’t receive any praise for his heroic deeds, nor does he have the desire to. He is perfectly content living in the shadows, protecting the citizens of Gotham, and not drawing any recognition from his actions.
“The lake and the cliffs alongside it, brave men staggering under the weight of Grendel’ skull, too heavy for fewer than four of them to handle” (1635-1636)
Though not specifically stated, it can be inferred that Beowulf possesses something resembling super-human strength, as he didn’t struggle at all carrying Grendel’s head. With that ability, he uses nothing but brute force to defeat his foes. Batman, inversely, bears nothing close to a super power. He relies on his intelligence to construct his “bat-suit”, which in-turn aides him in defeating his adversary. It takes a truly great man to create his own super power.
If one were to look at Batman and Beowulf, they would almost undoubtedly drawn the conclusion that both are heroes. After closer examination however, Batman is the real hero and Beowulf is nothing more than a mercenary.
Raffel, Burton. Beowulf. Toronto: New American Library, 1963. Print.