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Beowulf and Modern Day Heroes

“ I swam in the blackness of night, hunting monsters out of the ocean, and killing them one by one…”(lines 250-253) are some of the many cocky lines said by the maincharacter in the story of Beowulf. The story of Beowulf was written in 700 B.C, a time when heroes where to have the qualities of strength, courage, generosity,desire for fame & glory and many more.Times have changed and yet some of the qualities that are supposed to be met by a hero remain the same in the modern day. Although many of the qualities are the same, the actions of the heroes oftoday are significantly different than those of the times of Beowulf.
Now; in the modern days, heroes are to meet the qualities of courage, generosity, humilty, and most important effort. Everydaypeople have become heroes in our society, as opposed to the old days when heroes where to be royal physicaly strong males full of desire for fame and glory. Although they have many similar qualities,there is one that has changed from the old times to modern day. Being a male. Modern day heroes can be males or females and range from all sizes. In 700 B.C a hero had to be a strong male with a nicerockhard body. While today in 2010, a hero can be a skinny woman saving lives with her intelligence or even words.
A great example of an everyday hero in our society is Chesley B. Sullenburger. Mr.Sullenburger was the pilot incharge of flight 1549 of the US Airways plane that crash-landed on the Hudson river. He made a lot of effort and saved the lives of 155 people on board, not thinking of whathe could gain for saving their lives. In the minutes of the accident happening, he was full of courage, bravery and selflessness. On the other hand, an example of a 700 B.C hero would be Beowulf. Avery physically strong man who tries to kill a monster that is disturbing the people of Denmark. Beowulf does not propose to get rid of the monster of Denmark because he wants to but because he is the...
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