Similarities Between Beowulf And The Hunger Games Essay

1224 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Over the centuries, the concept of a hero has changed immensely. Scott LaBarge, ethics professor at Santa Clara University, said that the Greeks thought “a hero was a mortal who had done something so far beyond the normal scope of human experience that… he deserved worship like that due the gods.” Now, heroes are anything from firefighters to war heroes, when previously they were warriors and kings. Beowulf, an epic hero of the sixth century, is unquestionably different in comparison to his counterpart, Katniss Everdeen, Hemingway and epic heroine of The Hunger Games. An epic hero completes noble and brave deeds but also appreciates being rewarded for his/her actions. A Hemingway hero is someone who follows the ideals of courage and endurance in the midst of trying to overcome the pain and chaos society brings them. The differences between Katniss Everdeen and Beowulf are prevalent because of the demand for increased knowledge and equality in modern society. An increase in technology allowed for various differences between Old English and Modern English heroes. Weapons in Beowulf were mainly swords, shields, and fists; however, weapons in The Hunger Games were anything from a bow and arrow to guns and bombs. People utilized their fists as weapons in an attempt to show their courage and strength against the villain. When these people believed that they were not capable of fighting the monster on their own accord, they would use a sword and shield to defeat the enemy. In…

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