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beowoulf - Luis Hernandez Eng Word Count 1640 A hero is one...

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Luis Hernandez Eng 03/02/07 Word Count# 1640 A hero is one who places himself or herself at risk for another by performing great deeds of courage. In the poem Beowulf , translated by Constance B. Hieatt, Beowulf is more than a hero he is an epic hero. In both Beowulf and The Wanderer there is evidence that demonstrate the Anglo-Saxons’s commitment to heroic ideals in different ways. Beowulf is 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 kingdom. Beowulf’s heroism can be seen when he takes fourteen of the bravest in his land to go help Hrothgar. 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”. 1 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. Here Beowulf runs through his battle plan mentally just as any great athlete would do before a big meet. As the Banquet continues, Hrothgar thanks Beowulf, and promises him great treasure if he succeeds in defeating Grendel. As an ultimate hero, Beowulf decides, to be courageous, he will not use weapons in his battle against Grendel since Grendel reputedly does not use them. “I do not consider myself a lesser fighter than Grendel does himself; therefore I will not kill him with a sword, and deprive him of life in that way .... No: this night we two will abstain from swords...”. 2 That night, even after hearing of all of Beowulf's heroic defeats, the warriors still feel that no man on earth will be able to stand up to the evil Grendel carries.
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