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Larabell 1 Megan Larabell Elisabeth Spinner Bitish and World Literature November, 18 2019 Three Characters, Three Heros How would one construe the term heroism? Well, in Greater Good Magazine, a hero can be distinguished as having “a concern to defend a moral cause, knowing there is a personal risk.” (Phillip) In The Psychology of Heroism, a hero “involves some type of personal cost or risk, either physical, social, or in terms of quality of life.” (Cherry) Heroes in stories can participate in numerous actions to receive their title, but they all tend to have consistent, precise characteristics along with similar patterns. In the mythological tales of Beowulf and Grendel, as well as Hektor and Achilleus, heroism and heroic factors are perspicuous themes. The foundation of both stories are hero driven. Beowulf, Hektor, and Achilleus all share the common ground of being heroes in their own, unprecedented ways. Heroism themes such as special qualities, a significant battle, and supernatural help all are present in Beowulf and Grendelas well asHektor and Achilleus.In Beowulf and Grendel, Beowulf has special qualities that help him to stand out in the crowd. For example, in Beowulf and Grendel,the narrator states “then down the brave man lay.” (3) This description of Beowulf tells us he is brave. Confidence and boldness are demonstrated by Beowulf in the story Beowulf and Grendelwhen Beowulf says “When it comes to fighting, I could myself as dangerous any day as Grendel.” (3) This statement depicts confidence, as
Larabell 2 Beowulf is confident about going up against Grendel. All of these hero-like characteristics aid in Beowulf’s reputation as a heroic figure. In addition to Beowulf having special qualities, in the story of Hektor and Achilleus, both

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