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Comparison Of Beowulf And Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Heroes Then and Now

According to the Oxford dictionaries a hero is “A person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities” (Oxford Dictionaries). Despite the time period, the qualities of a hero appear the same; the circumstance that a hero encounters is what differs. In the poems “Beowulf” and “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” both protagonists display noble qualities that exhibit heroism such as their selflessness, bravery, and honor. Beowulf and Sir Gawain are perceived as ancient heroes because of their courage to stand against figures that threatened their society; comparably in modern day, heroes are faced with different obstacles, but fight them holding the same values. In 2017, a hero holds the same qualities as these past heroes. Currently, in America people are suffering from natural disasters, which let us identify our modern day heroes as they rise to help the people affected.
Beowulf’s demonstrates qualities of bravery, which led to his portrayal as a hero. Hearing that the undefeated demon, Grendel, has made the people of Danes victims for 12 years, Beowulf taking up this challenge to fight this monster is a bold move. In the poem, it states, “When he heard about Grendel, Hygelac’s thane/ was on home ground, over in Geatland/ There was no one else like him alive” (194-196). Going to Heorot is Beowulf’s first act of heroism in this poem because he willfully chooses to defeat this ferocious demon. Beowulf’s determination to
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