Beowulf And The Anglo Saxon Era Essay

1168 Words Oct 11th, 2016 5 Pages
In the Anglo-Saxon era the term hero was originated from the Greek language, born through the word protector and defender. In the Anglo-Saxon time period I would say that the label of a hero is earned by portraying yourself as a warrior. Within the Anglo-Saxon culture, a hero must display the qualities of a prideful, intelligent, and most importantly a warrior. Beowulf shows all of these characteristics, he fights for his people until death becomes his next battle. Even at times where Beowulf’s back is against the wall and the odds are against him he accepts every challenge thrown his way and prevails more often than not. Beowulf is undoubtedly a hero in the Anglo-Saxon era due to the bravery and courage he displays throughout this poem. By never backing down from a challenge Beowulf puts himself in the hero category amongst others. In our current society today a hero is defined as “a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character”. I believe a hero to be someone who puts their own life on the line to keep others safe. Someone who is not afraid to sacrifice everything they have to save someone else. In our time period today a hero displays the qualities of bravery, skillfulness, leadership, and most importantly mentorship. Mentorship being the most important because in the present society the younger age group is always looking for someone to look up to. Beowulf does match up to a modern day hero, he presents all characteristics that heroes in the 21st century…

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