Beowulf Is A Hero? Essay

1606 Words Dec 15th, 2015 7 Pages
“I 'm saying to be a hero is means you step across the line and are willing to make a sacrifice. Heroes always take a risk. Heroes are always doing something that most people don’t and want to be change - I want to democratise heroism to say any of us can be a hero” (Zimbardo). This quote helps to show that Beowulf is a hero because in the text Beowulf takes the risk of killing Grendel when no one will do so, and was willing to sacrifice himself for the dane people.A hero is defined as someone who has courage, noble qualities and makes sacrifices others will not. In the epic poem Beowulf, the main character Beowulf is heavily expressed as a hero because he is always coming to the rescue of the Danes’ when they are in the most need and no one else will help. Also in the film Beowulf, by the Director Robert Zemeckis. Beowulf is expressed as a hero, but not on a large scale compared to the Epic Poem, because in the film Beowulf is depicted more as selfish and greedy. In both the film and text Beowulf is a person who would sacrifice his life for the well being of the others around him. In comparison Beowulf in the text was more heroic, while in the film he came off selfish and greedy for the riches and fame. In the text and film Beowulf there were many similarities, like how Beowulf kills the monsters, but there also were many differences like how the characters were portrayed and how others react to him, but in the text Beowulf is portrayed as a larger more epic hero. Beowulf…

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