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Throughout the poem the author allows the reader to see in action the true workings of heroes Men and women who cast aside their own personal needs and desires for the better of others During this time society sustained a strong honor The actions that an individual preserved over their lifetime was the title by which they were known to the rest of the land both good and bad There are many requirements of a hero A hero was an individual who was feared and respected by subjects and by enemies To be a hero one must be bold courageous valiant and daring The hero must not fear death or whoever brings it instead they must trust God in the case of Beowulf in his wisdom and timing being prepared at all times to face anything The classic hero possesses strength ethics and above all fights evil This model applied in the time of Beowulf and still applies today only slightly modified As a result of such innovations as television and fashion magazines society has come to value physical tribute areas evident in the example of Batman a modern day hero In addition humility has become a desired quality in modern times whereas self-confidence to the point of arrogance was a favorable attribute in the time of Beowulf The main character of this tale is Beowulf Beowulf is described as a perfect hero who fights for his people and vanquishes evil with his extraordinary abilities to bring peace and justice Three of Beowulfs traits that support this are his amazing physical strength his ability to put his peoples welfare before his own Beowulf could be and could have been depicted as one of the first seemingly mortal superheroes ever written about and compared to early American superheroes quite easily along with their requirements and beliefs as evident in the example of Batman a modern day hero Despite the differences similarities between the Anglo-Saxon hero and
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