Beowulf as A Modern Hero

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Beowulf as A Modern Hero

Many people have different ideas of what make a hero. Some believe it

is courage and bravery, while others feel the true definition of a

hero lies in loyalty and servitude. Yet few would disagree that the

men and women of New York's fire department are exemplary models of

heroes. They sacrificed their time and health and endangered their

lives to help those in need during the September 11 terrorist attacks,

despite the fact that their dedication cost some of them their lives.

While there are those who would argue that Beowulf was a braggart who

helped others for his own personal agenda, he placed himself in the

same kinds of danger as those firemen and ended up saving two nations.

Beowulf rushed into the fights with Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the

dragon without any reserve, holding only a fierce desire to vanquish

his enemies.

After the Twin Towers were hit, the fire department was the first

emergency crew to arrive at the scene. Without any hesitancy, they

rushed into a collapsing building of unknown fate. When Beowulf

arrived in the Danes, he planned to face Grendel that same night.

After the feast, Beowulf donned his battle gear and laid there waiting

for the monster to creep in. While Beowulf did boast to kill Grendel

with his bare hands, he knew that building his reputation would

benefit his nation's image. Therefore, despite the appearance that his

boasting was solely for personal gain, he probably knew that by

establishing himself as the greatest warrior ever would ensure a

prosperous reign once he assumed the throne. Additionally, his

continuing support after Grendel's mother strikes back accentuates

Beowulf's heroic characteristics.

A true hero does not back down at the return of danger. A couple of

hours after the planes hit, the twin towers both collapsed, killing

many firefighters. Yet, as soon as the dust cleared and everything was

declared safe, the rescuers rushed back in and continued helping

without any consideration to their own lives. In Beowulf, Grendel's
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