The Heroic Roles Of Beowulf Essay

1427 Words Oct 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Beowulf: The Heroic Roles Depicted is scenario in accordance with Beowulf’s actions. Kevlar is a military man who defends his people through battle and experiences events uncommon in an ordinary man or woman’s everyday life. One specific experience includes continuously fighting in dangerous battles to ensure safety for his people. Saving lives and defending his people while risking his own life is a large element of heroism. By finding, achieving, or doing something greater than himself, in this case, the possibility of losing his life in order to ensure his people 's safety, Kevlar is Joseph Campbell’s definition of a hero. It is not easy to act on something such as Kevlar’s job leading to why many think of him as a hero. But what is overlooked are the hidden roles a hero, like Kevlar, plays. Often one sees that someone has done a heroic action, and labels them a hero. The problem is, people often overlook the roles played to reach that title of hero. Roles that are commonly missed can be found in Beowulf. Seamus Heaney’s adaptation of Beowulf illustrates Beowulf as a hero by depicting his roles including but not limited to: determination, strength, and leadership skills. One of the largest parts of being a hero is to have determination and a cause behind that determination to push that drive to do and be good. A 48-year-old Carnegie hero once said, while rescuing a woman from drowning in the Pacific Ocean, “‘I’m going to get her out of here. One way or…

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