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What truly makes a person a hero In todays society a hero is portrayed as someone who stands up against what is wrong and triumphs over it Although I do agree with the previous statement I believe it takes an even bigger hero to stand up against what is unjust knowing that the chances of failure are great but still doing what is right An example of a hero can be found in the story of Beowulf and his stand off with the seemingly invincible monster Grendel In this essay I will show what obstacle that Beowulf had to face the uncertainty of his victory and the reason why Beowulf is so heroic In this story Grendel a descendant of Cain terrorized the Danes for twelve years simply because he despised the joy of mankind Beowulf the hero of the Geats asked his uncle the King of the Geats Higlac if he could go assist the Danes His help was welcomed by the Danes king and quickly laid a trap for Grendal leading into a standoff in which Beowulf won While it could be argued that Beowulf knew he was going to win It was stated that he had the strength of 30 men However Grendel was a monster who by all accounts was seemingly invincible Besides being protected from weapons by magic he was also very powerful So saying that Beowulf while maybe confident was 100 certain of his win may be an overstatement Perhaps what truly makes Beowulf battle with Grendel so heroic was the fact Beowulf appears to have had no personal involvement with either Grendel or the Danes before their encounter in the story He seems to have involved himself solely because he felt it was the right thing to do No one appears to have asked him to battle Grendel he just felt he had to This fact alone even though he did ultimately win his
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