Beowulf Versus Modern Heroes of Various Backgrounds By Ibrahim Khalifa The titular character in Beowulf, likely written by “a single poet who was a Christian”, has similarities and differences with modern heroes (37). While heroes centuries back typically just had battle skills and intelligence as their main powers, more and more heroes in modern times are getting new powers. Many of these powers are supernatural too, since this is what is needed to even the playing field between wealthy people and middle class/poor people. In addition, heroes like Beowulf listen to authority while many modern heroes refuse to follow anyone’s rules, even working outside the law if needed. Heroes have always used their powers to help people, they live by codes of honor, and they usually win.
An American Hero Some things just do not exist and never will, it is just how life goes. The idea of America having one hero, The American Hero, does not exist. America cannot have one hero, one person to be grateful for, one person who has provided protection or one person who has helped improve it. It is impossible for America to be grateful for only one person when America was built by thousands if not millions. Heroes are not the ones with superpowers, capes, or fame.
Henry Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride” created a new national hero. Written in a time of tension and conflict, Longfellow didn’t prioritize the accuracy of historical details over the need to create a new national hero, to yet again spark the patriotism once shown by the man he wrote about. Longfellow wrote this piece in order to allow the country to feel the pride and patriotism that had been the foundation of nation since the previous century. While Longfellow accomplished explaining the core of what happened, he failed to mention the other riders who also rode that night, and Revere’s capture, where he was soon released in Lexington with no horse. Longfellow used imagery to create the image of a patriot, and the spirit of that patriot that saved the night.
Furthermore, these Rangers hoped for missions and war, but nothing qualified for war, as they yearned for battle. During this scene in the book, I fully understood the fact that the Rangers were different from the Deltas. However, I completely disagree with the fact that coming out of high school and having a positive attitude, without having a real battle combat experience, is a great idea to pursue them and place them in war. Their emotions during a real battle could affect their performance, it happens to every soldier to feel fear, because the result is between life and death. On the other hand, this scene caused me confusion is the actions of the Rangers, that seems incompetent during a battle.
“Scientists who spend years of their lives trying to find cures for diseases … The kid who stands alone instead of joining a gang, which would give him an instant identity … People who take risks despite fears.” After careful examination of the quote, it became apparent that one's everyday human beings can be heroes in their own way, for doing what is right, rather than doing what comes with a reward. Stone uses his imagery to clarify and clearly paint stories of heroism that those of many ages can relate to on a personal level, such as facing one’s fears. Also, Stone adds to his already extensive list of heroes by saying, one does not have to look far for inspiration to be a good person, they can look to friends and family. All in all, in the article “Where I Find my Heroes” written by Oliver Stone, Stone uses the rhetoric devices of examples and imagery to further explain his definition of heroes. Stone uses creative ways to help the reader follow his idea of a hero, such as evolving his writing with his ideas.
His distaste for the war made it difficult for him to find the mental courage to fight in Vietnam which he thought was avoidable. The trip he took north to the Tip Top Lodge in “On The Rainy River,” mentally prepared him for making the decision of either going to war or running away to Canada. Elroy Berdahl, the owner of Tip Top Lodge, helped guide O’Brien to make a decision for himself. “It struck me that he must’ve planned it. I’ll never be certain, or course, but I think he meant to bring me up against the realities, to guide me across the river and to take me to the edge and to stand a kind of vigil as I chose a life for myself” (O’Brien 56).
King’s speech is a powerful and it gives a different view to the war in Vietnam. King was against everything about war and what it mean. He was against the way America did not help the poor in its own country, but it aids a war that is causing many deaths and is ruining lives on both sides of the fight. King provided several steps in his speech that he though America should make to get out of the conflict. King wanted to speak for both sides and wanted to be speak for the rest of the people that was also against the violent
At the time, O’Brien thought it was in his best interests to avoid the war. O’Brien did not completely support it, and even though he would let down his hometown, he felt it in the end it was his own choice. O’Brien thought he was being the real man that he is when he flees because he stands up for what he believes in. When he opposes the war, O’Brien feels justified by his own morals. O’Brien works hard at the lodge in which he resides so he can earn the money to
The final tipping point is expressed in paragraph 70, “I couldn’t endure the mockery, or the disgrace, or the patriotic ridicule.” This shows the social pressure was too much for Tim to take. He wanted to escape the war but he couldn’t deal with what others would have thought of him. The societal isolation created the tipping point where Tim learned his issues with fighting in the war were not enough to overcome the embarrassment from running
It states in the novel “No mention of Scylla--how to fight that nightmare?--for fear the men would panic ”(pg 278). This demonstrates that Odysseus, would not tell his men that they have a chance of dying. He didn't want them to panic and be thinking about death instead of defeating the monster. He would rather they perform well and die then be scared. Odysseus wanted to be protected by his men, instead of him protecting his men as a hero would do.
when a nation was justified in using military force to achieve its ends... and that in such circumstances [he] would’ve willingly marched off to the battle.” (O’Brien, 44) but clarifies that this is not the war Tim would willingly sacrifice everything for, “At the very center, was the raw fact of terror. I did not want to die. Not ever. But certainly not in the wrong war.” (O’Brien 44) At the root of all his worries is the very fact that the fear of partaking in a war was very evident in Tim and was a driving force in the decision to flee to Canada. His fear came in forms of uncertainty towards taking another humans life, and later stated as “...walking away from my own life, my friends, and my family, my whole history, everything that mattered to me.” (O’Brien 44-45) More than anything, O’Brien was afraid of rejection from everything that was familiar to him.
Eventually, he thinks of himself as a coward, and he reveals that he “couldn’t endure the mockery, or the disgrace or the patriotic ridicule…[he] couldn’t make [himself] be brave...Embarrassment, that’s all it was” (O’Brien 57). O’Brien feels the shame engulf him and this leads him to submit and go to war. Although O’Brien does not have any incentive to go to war at first, it is the shame that ultimately motivates him to face his fears and head to Vietnam with other soldiers. Without feeling the embarrassment himself, O’Brien would not be anywhere near as motivated to go to war as he is in the book. Society’s influence on him causes him to not only feel ashamed, but to also submit to one of the most dangerous things one can experience: war.