The Makings of a Hero

Perseverence, Confidence, and Suffering

Common Themes

In many of the stories we have read thus far, our protagonists always seem to share certain qualities. They are all very confident, either in strength, skill, or intelligence. They always seem sure that they will accomplish what they set out to do. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is completely sure that he will conquer every problem that Poseidon throws at him. In Beowulf, Beowulf knows he is strong, fast, and skillful, and feels the need to prove it to everyone no matter what the occasion is.

We also see all of our heroes suffer. Their sufferings bring them to act out, which usually results in heroic acts. Hamlet suffers the loss of his father which brings him to uncover the truth about his uncle, this sends Hamlet on the path of avenging his father's death by killing his corrupt uncle, for some people, this is a heroic act.

We watch as they all show the admirable quality of perseverance. All of them go through different kinds of physical and psychological troubles but make it out okay and accomplish their goals.