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Ms Quinn British Literature 11 October 1999 Heroism In this age the only way to be classified as a hero is to do something charitable or standing up for your political beliefs Our society no longer accepts the war aspect of being a hero If someone were to single handedly defeat an army he would be given a medal but be upstaged on the news by the person who donated a million dollars to a special fund This is not bad but it has shown how society has changed sense Beowulfs times The heroes of today are Mother Theresa Princess Diana Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr there are many more but none stand out as prominently Grant it they are all dead they all either went out of their way to help others or believed in something so strong they were forever be remembered Not many people of today would leave their possessions to help poor people or travel through mine fields to see what it is like for everyday travel in some parts or the world and these examples are few compared to the many heroes of today Most heroes are everyday people who fight to keep down two jobs to feed their family In Beowulfs times the more people you killed the more your popularity grew and the more widespread your name becomes In these times it matters on how many people you save or how much money you donate Everyone knew of Ted Turners vast wealth but he wasnt considered such a great guy until he donated a billion dollars to the United Nations Beowulf saved a lot of people but he did it by defeating monsters and other armies In his time this gave people hope knowing they had a strong leader now it depends on how nice a leader is and how they can help people In the times we are in now we consider hospitality and generosity such
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