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A True Hero What is the definition of a true hero Many people have been considered heroes for many different reasons Both Hercules and Beowulf have both been regarded as heroes Beowulf was a great warrior who lived in the time of the Vikings Beowulf traveled the face of the earth fighting monsters and beasts in search of money and fame Hercules was also a great warrior but he lived during the time of the Greek gods Hercules was born a god but he was stolen as an infant and turned into a mortal by his fathers nemesis Hades Hercules retained his godlike strength and now he must prove himself a hero This is the only way he would be able to reunite with his family of gods In the Disney animated film Hercules the character is a far greater hero than the character Beowulf from the epic poem Beowulf because he had more of a desire to be a hero he fought his battles with better motives and he had stronger friendships in his companions Beowulfs desire to be a hero had mostly selfish reasons In one of Beowulfs speaches he states Let me live in greatness and courage or here in this hall welcome my death Although this might sound heroic he shows how he wants to be a hero to gain fame This shows that he is more worried about his personal image than the people he plans to protect Beowulf also says My lord Higlac might think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to Any warrior no matter how noble knows he must have advantages over their enemy to win and showing up to battle without proper equipment is a dumb thing to do This shows how he is more worried about his personal image than the safety of the people In Beowulfs death speech he said I sold my life for
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