Who Should be Considered a Hero in Anglo-Saxon Culture and Today?

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Who Should be Considered a Hero in Anglo-Saxon Culture and Today?

Today, many children would consider Superman, Spiderman, Batman & Robin, and even possibly Arnold Schwarzenegger in his old film The Terminator as great superheroes. These comic strip heroes even impress adults as courageous men because we cannot get over their legendary and their supernatural skills. For example, Spiderman is well known for the spider webs that emerge from his manly wrist. On the other hand, heroes are not just defined by comic strips or cartoons. Firefighters, police officers and even our fathers or mothers are heroes in many of our lives. The characteristics that we describe our heroes as having today are quite similar to those of heroes in
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When King Hrothgar needs a warrior to assist him in fighting Grendel, Beowulf proudly takes the job. But the question might be raised: Why does Beowulf decide to help Hrothgar save Heorot? Is it because Beowulf’s father used to be good friends with Hrothgar? Possibly because Beowulf knows that his power and strengths are unconquerable, he feels that it is his role in the Anglo-Saxon society to serve and protect the Danes and his lord. In other words, heroes go beyond their comitatus to their own lord and help other countries or anyone in need. When young Beowulf introduces himself to Hrothgar, he boldly states, “[t]herefore my people, the best wise earls, advised me thus, lord Hrothgar, that I should seek you because they know what my strength can accomplish” (8). This illustration is a good example of Beowulf’s initiative to act as a hero.

In the first part of Beowulf, King Hrothgar states numerous times that he loves Beowulf as if he were his own son. Though Beowulf does not express his feelings about Hrothgar, it is obvious that he loves, honors and respects the Danish lord. This can be proven by the fact that Beowulf does anything Hrothgar asks without any hesitation, such as the battles against Grendel and his mother. In his own law, after Hygelac dies, Beowulf is asked to take the throne. But since Beowulf is honest and has integrity, he believes that the king’s son

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