Throughout the ballad of Beowulf, the author allows the reader to see, in action, the true workings of heroes; Men and women who cast aside their own personal needs and desires for the better of others. During his time, the actions that an individual persevered over their lifetime, both good and bad, determined the title by they were known to by the rest. For one to be a hero they most meet many requirements. A hero is an individual who is feared and respected by subjects and by enemies. A hero one must be bold, courageous, valiant and daring. A hero must not fear death or whoever brings it, instead, in his wisdom and timing, be prepared at all times to face anything. “The battle was over, Beowulf Had been granted new glory: Grendel escaped, But wounded as he was could flee to his den, His miserable hole at the bottom of the marsh, Only to die, to wait for the end. Of all his days.”(500-503) The classic hero, Batman, possesses strength, ethics and, above all, fights evil. This applied in the time of Beowulf and still applies today “the strongest of the Geats—greater And stronger than anyone anywhere in this world—“(110). As a result of innovations, society has come to tribute Batman, a modern day hero. Beowulf is described as a perfect hero who fights for his people and vanquishes evil with his extraordinary abilities to bring peace and justice. Beowulf’s traits that support this are his amazing physical strength, and his ability to put his people’s welfare before his own “Heard how Grendel filled nights with horror And quickly commanded a boat fitted out,” (112-113). Beowulf could have been one of the first mortal superheroes ever written about, and is compared easily to American superheroes, as with the example of Batman, a modern day hero. Despite the differences, similarities between the Anglo-Saxon hero and modern day hero can be seen through the comparison of Beowulf and Batman. The story of Beowulf has been passed through many generations,...
...Dictation by Fear
As the Twin Towers fell to the ground, mass chaos spread throughout the United States. Among many other overwhelming feelings, many Americans were left in question and accusations. The motives of the terrorists were unknown and many Americans’ fear overtook a sense of logic. With fear fueling the minds of many Americans, many began to take illogical and unjustified actions. A stereotype developed amongst the Muslim society, which has still shrugged them from American society to this day. 9/11 instilled a fear in Americans that strung a chord in each person that disregarded a sense of logic or morals. Arthur Miller sets a scene of mass chaos and paranoia in the 1600’s in an area much like Salem, Mass.. A fear of witchcraft, that could quite possibly overtake the holy lifestyle in the Puritan society, created a spiraling downfall. In Arthur Millers multithematic play “The Crucible”, fear directs the decisions and course of life.
The deep rooted fear Reverend Parris feels stems from the reputation he must uphold as reverend of the holy community. In desperation, Parris allows his fear to contradict himself as he defends his niece, Abigail. Although Parris knows that Abigail is lying when she says she is not involved in witchcraft, Parris defends her in hopes it will secure his reputation and position in the community. As reverend, it is not...
As the instructor put me in that choke hold on my second to last day of swim instruction I knew I broke the one rule I tried so hard not to. “Get the hell out of my pool” he yelled. I dangled there in the middle of the pool wondering how this man could hold me in a chokehold while keeping both of us afloat. “You weak bitch, get the fuck out of my pool”. As those words echoed through the empty olympic sized pool room I was let go, left to reach the side of the deep end under my own power.
Already a month and a half in Marine Corps boot camp I was use to the abuse. This was different, I could handle all the physical punishment on the land. The countless push ups, and being forced to roll around in sand pits at 5 am before breakfast. Being in the best shape of my life at the time there was only one thing that could bring this fear over me. Up until boot camp I could count my exposure to bodies of water on one hand. Growing up in the middle of Queens, NY I rarely encountered a pool. Although my family moved to upstate New York, to a high school that did have its own pool, I wasn't forced to use it.
At the end of my senior year of high school while most of my friends were visiting and picking colleges I was preparing for boot camp. Everyday I ran countless miles and did numerous pushups getting my body ready for the three months of pain I was about to endure. Not being the biggest or strongest kid in high school most of my friends...
...novels and plays seem to advocate changes in social or political attitudes or in traditions. Choose such a novel or play and note briefly the particular attitudes or traditions that the author apparently wishes to modify. Then analyze the techniques the author uses to influence the reader’s or audience’s views. Avoid plot summary.
1990. Choose a novel or play that depicts a conflict between a parent (or a parental figure) and a son or daughter. Write an essay in which you analyze the sources of the conflict and explain how the conflict contributes to the meaning of the work. Avoid plot summary.
1992. In a novel or play, a confidant (male) or a confidante (female) is a character, often a friend or relative of the hero or heroine, whose role is to be present when the hero or heroine needs a sympathetic listener to confide in. Frequently the result is, as Henry James remarked, that the confidant or confidante can be as much “the reader’s friend as the protagonist’s.” However, the author sometimes uses this character for other purposes as well. Choose a confidant or confidante from a novel or play of recognized literary merit and write an essay in which you discuss the various ways this character functions in the work. You may write your essay on one of the following novels or plays or on another of comparable quality. Do not write on a poem or short story.
1995. Writers often highlight the values of a culture or a society by using characters who...
...powers that would appear whenever they needed them just like Superman, Spiderman and other heroes. In reality those supernatural heroes do not exist. Actually they are people who are just normal, yet are called heroes not for their powers, but for the achievements they have accomplished through their lives. A hero is someone who makes a change in many lives including his or her own life. Defining the word hero may differ from one culture to another, but they share some essential characteristics. Polster (2001) writes that a hero definition must include these following characteristics “first respect human life, second have a strong sense of personal choice and effectiveness, third their perspective on the world is original, forth they are brave, and fifth they are not measured by publicity.” Harriet Tubman is one of the most heroic women in history. She conducted a journey through the Underground Railroad to seek her freedom and the freedom of another three hundred slaves. Leadership, bravery and selflessness are three qualities of a hero and Harriet Tubman exemplifies all of them.
The heroic feature of leadership is one of the most important qualities of a hero. A true hero is able to translate his dream to reality, is able to lead people, and also able to make decisions with great insight in the worst circumstances. According to Cohen (2010), heroic leadership is about doing the right...
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Is Beowulf an epic?
An epic hero is a brave and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements or affected by grand events. An epic poem, “The main character or protagonist is heroically larger then life, often the source and subject of legend or a national hero.”(Robert) An epic poem is an old English poem filled with both complex people and tribes, supernatural figures of monsters and dragons. Also they can be a mixture of pagan rituals, witch are myths or drowned out stories that have a drastic change in events as the story moves on in life, and Christian beliefs . The story of Beowulf, an original old English poem back in Anglo-Saxon’s time about a serious and worthy traditional subject filled with heroism. Beowulf being the main character known as an “epic hero”, although the author is unknown the story speaks for itself. An epic hero “is the main character or protagonist, heroically larger than life, a legend, known for more strength, and courage of a human.”(Robert) Also “a epic hero should not only be a warrior and a leader, but also be tested to have enough confidence and courage like a god.”(Allingham pg2) An example of a normal hero is a human with normal strength and enough courage to help people, but they also fear death, such as a firefighter or a police man, doing duties to help others as much as they can. An...
... English 3
Who deserves the right to be called a hero? I have heard many stories of
people that have risen to a challenge to help someone in need. I do, however,
disagree with the media’s interpretation of heroism. The media is usually
uplifting a celebrity for an act of kindness, when there are so many others that
show sacrifice, perseverance and confidence on a daily basis. Just because a
person is famous, does not give them the right to be labeled a hero. I feel
celebrities and heroes are two different types of people.
Heroes should sacrifice the wants they have for themselves to help and be
there for others. Heroes are always willing to get out of their comfort zone when
they are needed. Even when they want to be selfish and have time for
themselves, they always put others first. They are admired by others for their
acts of kindness, not just admired because they are well-known celebrities and
doing a good deed. Some celebrities like Angelina Jolie, have used their wealth
as actors to help others by starting foundations. Other people like nurses help
people every day on their jobs, because they desire to help people even if they
don’t have wealth or fame.
Another quality a hero should have is perseverance. Even when heroes fail,
they are determined to achieve their...
...character from ATTS and to use a minimum of three characters.
How does this theme connect with the concept of “The Literary Hero: A Quest for Bravery”? You need to use QUOTATIONS from both of the work to solidify your ideas. Try to avoid the obvious. Saying that Rasheed is not a hero is probably unnecessary.
You will need to use ample quotations from both Hamlet and A Thousand Splendid Suns to support your proposals as to which characters possess honor (serve as heroic characters) and which do not satisfy this role. You need to explore your own definition of honor and hero based on your belief system-great idea for introduction! Please do not use a dictionary definition of hero or heroism.
When kids often think of the word “Hero”, they immediately think of all the comic books they have read. They think that in order to be a proclaimed hero, they must have some crazy supernatural ability for the most part. Of course, it follows with the certain individual saving thousands of lives from a villain. However, when the child grows older, their minds begin to change and realize what a true hero is. This is accompanied with their loss of innocence. All the sudden they realize a hero doesn’t have to have some crazy ability, and most of the time, they declare their mom or dad to be a hero in their eyes. There are many...
...introduces its readers to a living standard of Marine Corps esprit de corps and military decorum.
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