Beowulf Hero Vs Modern Hero

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It is embedded in the nature of humanity to have heroes; recognized individuals who perform actions that are wished to be emulated upon by others. Although the idea of these significant role models remains fixed, the variations of heros through the centuries is irrefutable; where culture defines what characteristics they obtain. The fifth century hero (a physically strong warrior with a reputation) differs immensely from a hero found in the 1900s (a humble man or woman who sought personal achievement rather than fame) which then differs from a modern hero (one typically associated with fame). So how can a hero have a definition if their entire persona changes as culture does? Throughout the madness of ever-changing societal heroic standards, one aspect of heroism has remained constant; Every hero has been found to inspire one or more people, whether …show more content…

Early in history, a group of Germanic tribes who inhabited Great Britain, known as the Anglo Saxons, held a synonymous structural idea of a hero. This heroic figure was a warrior: a physically strong male who would fight and win battles in order to protect a kingdom. People who risked their lives for glory and their community aroused the masses. Beowulf, a fictional character of literature, depicts this fifth century hero perfectly as the brave, honorable fighter who holds a strong reputation throughout the land. Beowulf left the people in awe, as he “survived/every quarrel, each violent conflict” (2397-2400). His many victories against the harmful monsters who threatened their home caused a feeling of energized hope throughout the land and a stronger sense of sanguinity. Specifically in the text, Beowulf’s reputation and courage influenced a young man named Wiglaf to step forward and assist him in his final battle. Wiglaf encourages the other men to help this mighty king who “has gained the most glory among men,”

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