An Analysis Of Satoru's Self-Sacrifice In Beowulf

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Satoru’s motive for his self-sacrifice qualifies him as an epic hero because his sacrifice exemplifies itself in his determination to save his friends and his mother. The serial killer takes notice of the children that Satoru saves and sets a trap. Satoru’s teacher, Gaku Yashiro, helps him find Misato by allowing him into his car. After Satoru buckles his seatbelt, Gaku begins talking about his previous plans to kidnap Kayo, Hiromi, and Aya. Satoru’s fifth grade teacher, who had even helped him reveal Kayo’s mother’s abuse, would have killed the children in the present’s timeline. Gaku stops in front of a remote lake. He places a basketball onto the accelerator to drive the car forward with Satoru trapped inside by the jammed seatbelt. Unable…show more content…
Similarly, in Beowulf, Beowulf returns after 50 years to fight the dragon. However, he feels an uneasy sense of foreboding. The narrator states, “He was destined to face the end of his days / In this mortal world; as was the dragon” (Beowulf 2342-2343). Sean Flanigan expels any uncertainty about the death of Beowulf when he states that poets write exactly what they mean (Flanigan). Beowulf knows that he will die in the battle with the dragon. Nevertheless, Beowulf voluntarily chooses to fight the dragon alone because he knows that he can kill it. He realizes the danger that presents itself with fighting the beast, and he does not want to subject his men to the ordeal. Beowulf enters the dragon’s den knowing that he will not return alive. Beowulf’s courage in entering the lair exemplifies the culmination of his perseverance. Thus, Satoru’s determination to save his friends and family equates to Beowulf’s bravery and characterizes Satoru as an epic hero. Additionally, his determination to save his loved ones throughout his voyage allows him to hang onto his

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