A hero is one who places himself or herself at risk for another by
performing great deeds of courage. Often in our society today, athletes are
looked up to as heroes
. Brett Favre is an excellent example of a modern day hero.
He is looked up to by many for his strength, leadership, and success. While on
the football field, he is willing to risk his "life" by running the ball in when
there is no one else to go to. Favre also gives all of the glory to God.
Whenever he has conquered another team, or made the winning play, all praise is
given to God. In the poem Beowulf, translated by Constance B. Hieatt, Beowulf is
an epic hero. An epic is a "lengthy narrative poem which genealogizes and
embellishes the origin of a tribe or nation". (Edward A. Bloom) Not only is
Beowulf a hero because of his physical strength, but like Favre, gives the glory
to God. Beowulf is the ultimate hero who put his life on the line for an entire
Beowulf's heroism can be seen when he takes 14 of the bravest in his
land to go help Hrothgar. Hrothgar was Beowulf's father's close friend who had
been plagued by attacks for twelve years that threatened an entire kingdom.
Beowulf did not have to offer Hrothgar's kingdom help, but does so because he
wants to uses his God given strength to the best of his ability. As soon as
Beowulf heard of the troubles in this land he set sail immediately. Beowulf
continues to show his thankfulness by thanking God for giving them safe travel
across the sea. Beowulf is lead to Hrothgar and offers him is "services."
"-Now sit down to the feast, and, in due time, listen to lays of warriors'
victories, as your heart may prompt you. (15)
Beowulf is asked by the warriors to tell of his past defeats while eating in
Hrothgar's palace. Beowulf is already a hero to the people of this land for he
is about to rid them of their enemy. The warriors are anxious to here what he
has done and what he plans to do to Grendel.... [continues]
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