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What is a hero Websters Dictionary defines a hero as someone who isadmired for his achievements and qualities The question is does this definitionapply to an Anglo-Saxon hero as well as a modern day hero Heroes in moderntimes are found all over the world in all different social classes races age groupsand religions Heroes today come in all different shapes and sizes and have avariety of different qualities which characterized them as heroes Heroes inBeowulfs time however were a specific type of person Typically a hero was ayoung strong white male who had to have specific qualities to be considered ahero Heroes in Anglo-Saxon times and heroes in modern times are characterizedvery differently but also share a few common traits which qualify them as heroes The hero of Anglo-Saxon times was a very specific type of person A primeexample of a hero in the Anglo-Saxon times is Beowulf Beowulf is a strongwhite male who encompasses all of the characteristics that make someone a heroThere are three qualities necessary to be considered a true hero loyalty braveryand strength Anglo-Saxon society put a great amount of importance on loyalty Ahero was always supposed to be loyal to his king and his kinship A hero had tostand by his knights and hold his blood ties true above all else Bravery in battlewas extremely important A hero had to fight for his king and to protect his peoplefrom harm He could not fear anything and he risked his life for his countryLastly an Anglo-Saxon hero had to have strength above all others He had to havethe strength and ability to fight evil and come out strong Heroes had superhumanstrength of some nature In Anglo-Saxon society being a hero also meant fameUsually there was a long line of heroes all in the same family and they werefamous for their family name Heroes had to be cunning able and have goodjudgment in trying situations For a person to be a hero
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