Throughout time, heroes have stereotypically been described as men who possess qualities such as courage, strength, leadership, and determination. Certainly, many of these characteristics have changed as time has passed. In modern society, heroes can simply be average people who sacrifice their own happiness for the welfare of others and do their best to create a change in the world. Beowulf, an extraordinary warrior in the Anglo Saxon period, is an epic hero because of his pride, strength and courage. He fought many battles in order to protect the Danes from chaos. Angelina Jolie, like Beowulf, is a hero because she defeats every impediment to help and fight against inequality. Heroes do not wait still in one place. Heroes step beyond frontiers to provide hope and help to those who have none. Heroes even make the sacrifice to abondon the confort of their homelands to fight for a good cause. The brave warrior Beowulf departed his native Sweden to defend the Danes from the monster Grendel "who haunted the moors, the wild marshes, and made his home in a hell..." (Beowulf 17-18). He promised Denmark's king Hrothgar that he would kill the powerful monster so the people in the mead hall could live in peace and have justice. Beowulf's courage surpasses every impediment and his strength defeats every power. Angelina Jolie also left her wealthy state in America to help less fortunate countries, such as Afghanistan and Cambodia. Jolie is dedicated to the "education and healthcare in Cambodia" and has donated more than "one million dollars for Afghan refugees" (Mayell). She devotes hope to mothers, fathers, and children who have suffered from persecution and violence. Heroes do not need to wait until justice comes for its ... ... middle of paper ... ... Life moves on whether people act as cowards or heroes. The world can be better if everyone decides to be a hero. Works Cited Beowulf. Holt elements of literature. Ed G Kylene Beers and Lee Odeel. 6th ed. Austin: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2008. 21-48. Print. Mayell, Hillary. "Angelina Jolie on Her UN Refugee Role." National Geographic News Reporting Your World Daily. National Geographic Society., june.2003. Web. 20 Oct.2013. "Transcript: CNN interviews Angelina Jolie." Edition.cnn.com. Cable News Network, Feb. 2008. 20 Oct 2013. Veselinovic, Milena. "Five reasons we love Angelina Jolie." Leading Women. Cable News Network., May. 2013. Web. 20 Oct. 2013. "World Refugee Day: Angelina Jolie calls for greater understanding of the plight of refugees." unrefugees.org. USA for UNHCR., April 2013. Web. 20 Oct 2013.