Essay On Beowulf Is A Hero

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In life there are people and there are other people who are extraordinary. These people risk their lives, are courageous, and go the extra mile for someone or something. These people are heroes. In the story Beowulf, Beowulf is a hero. He is considered a hero because he fits under each of these qualities. He risks his life and is courageous because he fights off the monsters. He is goes the extra mile for Hrothgar by going to kill Grendel's mother and the dragon. This is what makes a hero a hero.
The first commemoration asked by Beowulf to have done is to have a tomb made for his body. It says “Have the brave Geats build me a tomb, when the funeral flames have burned me, and build it here, at the water’s edge, high on this spit of land, so sailors can see this tower, and remember my name, and call it Beowulf’s tower, and boats in the darkness and mist, crossing the sea, will know it” (Lines 823-830). He is asking to have a tower made so he can be placed in it after he dies.
Another commemoration is the tower itself. The tower is not supposed to be only a tomb, but a monument or a memorial for Beowulf and all that he has achieved. “Then the Geats built the tower, as Beowulf had asked, strong and tall, so sailors could find it from
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This relates to the story because Beowulf had a tower made in his honor so that everyone could see it and remember him. Examples of this could be the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington monument, and the statue of the old mayor of Philadelphia who used to be neighbors with my grandparents. Some other ways that heroes can be commemorated is with a parade. A big hero that gets a parade every year and we get a day off because of him is Martin Luther King, Jr. He risked his life for something. It was equality for all races. According to, there was a concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra for MLK day. Also, there was a whole weekend of service for
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