What Makes Beowulf a Hero and How Does It Compare to Modern Day Heros

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Defining a Hero

In today’s times, there are many everyday heros that are just ordinary citizens. For example, Martin Luther King Jr. and the firefighters of 9/11. These are just people who wanted to make a difference in the world and as a result are considered heroes. A hero not only has to be brave, but also has to have unselfishness and the desire to set a good example for other people. good intro with all the necessary parts: lead, background, thesis.

When one thinks of a hero, bravery is often a common quality, but there are many examples of bravery. good TS In Beowulf, he displays countless actions of bravery, but one that really stands out in the text is when he is old and has to face the dragon that is terrorisufficatingzing his kingdom; “I won’t shift a foot when I meet the cave-guard: what occurs on the walls between the two of us will turn out as fate, overseer of men, decides” (283-286). Martin Luther King Jr. displayed bravery in a different way. Being that he was a leader of the civil rights movement, Dr. King had to stand up to all around the world to get his message out that whites and blacks can live together as one civil society; “A hero, he confronted death with courage: a saint, he enriched the souls of even his bitterest enemies” ("Marks of Modern Sainthood"). The 9/11 responders have to considered some of the bravest heroes in the modern day. Running into a burning building on the verge of collapsing takes a lot of guts and they did it all to save some of the people who were still inside of the twin towers. Along with bravery, unselfishness is another key element to being a hero.

Being unselfish can get one a long way in the world, but is also a heroic characteristic. Although Beowulf wants fame and glory for his own name, he also is selfless when it comes to the well being of his people; “To the everlasting Lord of All, to the King of Glory, I give thanks.....that I have been thus allowed to leave my people so well endowed on...
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