Essay about Beowulf and Modern Day Hero

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Jason Belcher Mr. Lavender World Literature 16 July 2009 This essay is the comparison between Beowulf and the modern day hero. All soldiers that are fighting for my country certainly comes to mind first, when I think about a modern day hero. Both hero’s are fighting for a good cause, get rewarded for what they do, and get treated with much respect. Although a soldier might not withhold unworldly strength as one such as Beowulf, they both are putting their life at stake, which gives them both the title as being a hero. Both the U.S soldier and Beowulf portray characteristics of a hero. Courage, bravery, and selflessness all play a huge role in their lives. Although one is past and the other present, hero is the only word that comes…show more content…
Although one fights by themselves and the other fights with many, they are unknowing of the outcome. Beowulf is fighting heads up, whereas the soldiers don’t have one specific target. Does this make one better than the other? Certainly not, but then again I’m not sure I wouldn’t be a little more comfortable knowing that I had the strength of thirty men in my hand such as Beowulf. The second comparison is how they both get rewarded for what they have achieved. After Beowulf defeats the monster, he receives a ton of treasure and gives back to the people. If that was me, there is no way I am giving that back after I defeated three monsters. The soldiers get rewards such as a signing bonus, money for college, and better job opportunities. It’s almost as if they have a win-win situation. Don’t get me wrong though, these guys deserve more than anyone. You couldn’t pay me enough money to join though, I’ve see too many videos of the war to convince me otherwise, and there is no way in hell I would ever consider fighting a monster. The third comparison is how they both receive respect. The troops are recognized on the daily basis whether it be a sporting event, television, or the internet. Beowulf receives respect from not only Hrothgar but also the people that doubted him in the begging, like Unferth. Although many people don’t necessarily respect us having at war respect is giving to each and every troop we have over there. They might not want to

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