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Beowulf as a Hero Lesson 1 Journal Journal

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Journal Exercise 1.3A: What makes a hero?

Beowulf is a hero who possesses strength, courage and loyalty; these are the elements that make up a hero during his time. There is a certain heroic code that must be followed in Beowulf and Beowulf follows that code perfectly. During the course of the poem, Beowulf changes as a person -- he matures, and this is a journey that is typical of heroes. Most heroes in literature don't start out as heroes. They may have the qualities lying dormant, but their journey is what turns them into a hero.

When Beowulf goes to fight Grendel, he is a strong and combative leader, but by the end he has…. [read more]

Beowulf as a Hero Lesson 1 Journal Journal

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Journal Exercise 1.3A: What makes a hero?

A hero is a person who has courage even though he or she also has fear. It is a mistake to assume that heroes are not afraid. They experience the same range of emotions as everyone else, but they keep on going despite fear, not because they have no fear. One contemporary hero is the Dalai Lama. He has led his people through their exile with grace and determination, despite immense challenges. His very life has been threatened by the oppressive government that wants to squash his nation, but he has been resilient in the face of these threats. He confronts evil with peace and stands up…. [read more]

Hero? The Definition of "Hero" Has Changed Journal

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The definition of "hero" has changed quite radically over the centuries. Today, there seems to be two types of hero: the "action hero" type displayed most prominently in films involving actors such as Sylvester Stallone; and the more subtle hero, who makes necessary and radical changes, but on a much more subtle level. Many of today's heroes are charity workers, rescue workers, teachers, and writers. For me, the most important characteristic of the modern hero is the ability and drive to make a difference in the lives that share the world with them.

By this definition, one might believe the greatest heroes to be those with large amounts of money to donate to worthy causes across the world. The band U2 or…. [read more]

William Wordsworth and a Vindication Term Paper

… ¶ … William Wordsworth and "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" by Mary Wollstonecraft. Specifically, it will compare and contrast the works and discuss how they related to modern culture and society. Wollstonecraft and Wordsworth are both fairly contemporary writers who lived within fifty years of each other and wrote in the Romantic style. While their works seemed topical of the time they were written, it is startling to see how closely they mirror our modern world, especially considering they were written over 200 years ago. This indicates that society and culture will always decry "progress" and change, no matter when or how it occurs.

According to the text, Mary Wollstonecraft was the product of an abusive home, and her sister married an abusive…. [read more]

Early British Literature Term Paper

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Legends, tales about heroes and their supernatural thrilling adventures have always attracted people regardless of the age. Heroes originate in the mists of time and myths. Morton W. Bloomfield states that "the original hero in early literature was probably based on a king who died for his people, the warrior who defeated the tribe's enemies...These men...were celebrated in song and story and...presented again to the people so that they could participate in their magic" (Bloomfield, p 30).

This outlook of the people who regarded the hero as the savior of his own kind dominates the early medieval epics such as Beowulf and The Song of Roland.

Beowulf is the largest and most famous Anglo-Saxon heroic poem and due to its large…. [read more]

Classical Myths in Children's Writing's the Oral Essay


The oral tradition of storytelling has existed perhaps since the times when human beings began to gather in groups around fires long before the dawn of what we would now call civilization. Eventually these stories became the mythology of the culture and eventually were written down, in one form or another, for posterity. One of the earliest renditions of this literature can be found in the clay tablets from the Mesopotamian civilization retelling the tale of Gilgamesh.

The first known and recorded epic would appear to be the legend of Gilgamesh sung to the harp by Sumerians and recorded in clay some 3,000 years before Christ. It exalts the wondrous exploits of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, and celebrates…. [read more]

Epic of Gilgamesh Research Paper

… Epic of Gilgamesh is literature, history, and an insight into the basis for human civilization. It is an epic poem from Ancient Mesopotamia, thought to be one of the first areas in which humans urbanized. Most scholars believe it was a combination of Sumerian legends and poems gathered into a longer Akkadian epic, but it is among the earliest known literary works in human history. The most complete version still in existence is a 12-clay tablet collection from 7th century Assyria, but the earliest Sumerian versions date from as early as 2150 B.C. (Dalley, 41-42).

Historical and Geographic Background -- the word Mesopotamia is Greek and means "the land between two rivers," in this case, the Tigris and Euphrates river systems. This area is considered…. [read more]

Leadership and Power Term Paper

… Power and Leadership as Exemplified by Three Ancient Texts

Power and leadership are not exactly the same thing, of course, but they are inextricably interrelated for without power, effective leadership would not be possible and without leadership, power would be rendered useless. To help shed some light on these concepts from a modern perspective, this paper provides a review and analysis of three ancient texts, Genesis, the Epic of Gilgamesh and Lysistrata to better understand how they addressed the respective themes of leadership and power. A discussion concerning how leaders come to power, their responsibilities, real and symbolic, and what responsibilities citizens of a given society have in choosing leaders or in holding leaders accountable for their actions is followed by an analysis of the…. [read more]

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