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There comes a fated point in everyones lives when we die Death All seem to fear it No one can escape it Sadly history shows that we inflict this fate upon one another How can we respect a person who feels entitled to this ability A person who ends anothers existence In the Anglo- Saxon Society of Beowulf and Grendel by John Gardner those thought to be heroes are simply praised murders A killer is not a hero One could say Beowulf is a hero He comes to another land to aid comrades Fighting off a monster no one can conquer He was a famous solider known far and wide Beowulf 31 He defeats not only Grendel but his mother as well another terrible monster Beowulf was never asked to do this he simply volunteers thus making a false impression that it is heroic But Beowulf longed only for fame Beowulf 71 Beowulf kills other living creatures The reason being that another country finds them to be a mere vexation Beowulf has no reason to justify his actions because Grendel has never done anything to him The reason he kills is for the mere fame of it so he can be recognized He not only kills without justification but rejoices about it Her body fell to the floor lifeless the sword was wet with blood and Beowulf rejoiced at the sight Beowulf 72 Rejoicing over the end of another existence is simply immoral You cannot look up to someone like this A hero is not someone who will rejoice in the demise of another or act merely for recognition and glory Some could consider Grendel a hero He attempts to acquaint himself with a different type of creature even though they are entirely different He is misjudged by the humans and then is attacked by them Grendel extends a hand of friendship which is rejected by the Danes He is misjudged and attacked and
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