Heroism Essay

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What characteristics from Emerson’s "Heroism" are most necessary for defeating a monster like Grendel? Use the Option B Writing Organizer to collect your thoughts before writing.


What characteristics from Emerson’s “Heroism” are most necessary for defeating a monster like Grendel?


Use this chart to organize the information you have learned in Emerson’s essay. For help answering the question, also use the notes you took while reading Beowulf. You will need supporting evidence from each text to write a well-developed, organized response
Grendel’s Character Traits
(choose a minimum of four)
Provide supporting evidence from the poem that reveals the trait.
Why would the quality help a
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Not longer he tarried,
But one night after continued his slaughter
Shameless and shocking, shrinking but little
From malice and murder; they mastered him fully.
So ruled he and strongly strove against justice
Lone against all men, till empty uptowered
The choicest of houses. Long was the season:
Twelve-winters’ time torture suffered
The friend of the Scyldings, every afflication,
Endless agony; hence it after became
Certainly known to the children of men
Sadly in measures, that long against Hrothgar
Grendel struggled:—his grudges he cherished,
Murderous malice, many a winter,


Towards external evil, man within his breast assumes a warlike attitude, and affirms his ability to cope single-handed with the infinite army of enemies. To this military attitude of the soul we give the name of Heroism. Its rudest form is the contempt for safety and ease, which makes the attractiveness of war. It is a self-trust which slights the restraints of prudence in the plenitude of its energy and power to repair the harms it may suffer. The hero is a mind of such balance that no disturbances can shake his will, but pleasantly, and, as it were, merrily, he advances to his own music, alike in frightful alarms and in the tipsy mirth of universal dissoluteness.

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