The Concept Of Heroism In Beowulf

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Looking back at early forms of literature we notice the classic idea of heroism in Beowulf. As time passes by the notion of a hero changes. Consciousness in early literature such as, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, does not enter the innermost thoughts. The notion of a hero and the notion of consciousness changes within literature through time. In the novel, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen the hero is portrayed differently compared to earlier texts as well as the characters being aware of one’s environment. The author Jane Austen, carefully shapes her characters’ actions, feelings and affiliations in a specific way. In Sense and Sensibility we have a clearer picture of the consciousness of characters than what we see in Beowulf or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The notion of a hero in Beowulf is an individual who follows a moral code, is brave, courageous has great qualities and much more. In Sense and Sensibility one may be able to understand how the notion of a hero changes. The hero in the book is Elinor. Elinor portrays traits such as being strong, mature and being rational with what life has to offer her. In Beowulf the character has to go through obstacles/challenges to prove themselves as a hero. Elinor in Sense and Sensibility takes a different approach. Elinor is able to be mature for her age and able to be consoling to other characters in the book. A major event takes place where another character named Lucy is affiliated with Elinor’s
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