The Epic Of Beowulf By William Shakespeare Essay

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The true power that any hero holds is the inevitable ability to overcome great trials that no ordinary man or woman could successfully accomplish. The hero is put up against a menacing evil that terrorizes the common people. Then is put to the test to see if his or her strength and bravery is enough to defeat the great evil he or she is presented with. The story of Beowulf is a perfect example of this. Beowulf goes through three death defying trials to which he escapes only two with his life, then dramatically dying after his third and final trial. Even in his old age, he still seeks out the 50-foot dragon whose breath is burning down parts of the village. Beowulf is classified as a great hero because he embodies the Germanic code of heroes. The code includes the traits of loyalty, pride, and courtesy paired with his gift of God-given strength and courage. Therefore, Beowulf shows the same characteristics as any modern day superhero like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and many more. His story is one of the amazing stories that guided the pathway for a multitude of following heroic tales. The inhuman characteristics like size, strength, and endurance adds to the persona to just about every super hero that we have added to our current culture. These characteristics follow through with how we determine our real heroes as well, such as a fireman being brave and strong enough to pull people out of burning buildings thus saving their lives. Although we see real life heroes as…

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