The Hero Of A Hero Essay

1156 Words Sep 13th, 2014 5 Pages
What is a hero? If someone is called a hero, what does that say about them? The Webster Standard Dictionary says that a hero is “one noted for courage and greatness; the central figure in a story.” However, there is more to being a hero than those few things alone. A hero is one who you can always count on; who is willing to make sacrifices for the good of others; who is full of compassion for nobles and servants alike, and desires justice in all areas. A hero is someone with virtue of character, conviction of spirit, and loyalty of heart. Perhaps most notably, the hero is the one who perseveres even when the challenges before him appear insurmountable. The idea of a hero such as that is of no new invention. Humanity has always known of its desperate need for a savior to rescue them, and so even the oldest pieces of literature are full of characters exhibiting these heroic qualities. And so, in examining some of the adventurous stories of old, we shall try to determine what makes a hero. Such examples can be found in Beowulf, The Knight’s Tale and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The events of Beowulf took place in sixth century England, specifically Denmark and Sweden. It was written by an unknown author c. 1,000 AD. The epic poem centers on Beowulf, prince of the Geats, and his battles with Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and a fierce dragon during his life. Before and during each of these battles, Beowulf exhibits tremendous amounts of courage, determination,…

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