Marcus Luttrell Character Analysis

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Trauma has an effect on all heroes. How they overcome the awful event is what builds them to become a hero. The dramatic event for some heroes will sometimes occur during the event that makes them a hero. These events will either result in someone close to them dyeing, or the hero himself will die. By comparing the modern hero to Beowulf, a person realizes that modern Americans value mental strength over physical strength. SEAL team 10 member, Marcus Luttrell, honors the old and new values on an American hero. Marcus Luttrell, winner of the Navy Cross and Purple Heart awards, is know as the being the lone survivor in Operation Red Wings. The goal of the mission was to gather intel on Ahmad Shah, who was the leader of an anti-coalitions…show more content…
Beowulf was know for killing creatures that were much more overpowered that himself. Luttrell had done the best he could do in Operation Red Wings. Defeating three of the most powerful, god-like creatures on earth is far more impressive than fighting many untrained, uneducated Taliban fighters. The weapon choices made Beowulf look much stronger than Luttrell because a gun can take down much more than a sword, but Beowulf made the sword look like an overruling weapon. The only thing that Luttrell showed power in was his mind. Luttrell may not have showed fighting strength but he was determined to do everything he could to survive. He did not show any signs of hubris or wrath like Beowulf. Marcus Luttrell wanted to give his dead friends and his family hope. His mind gave his body strength to survive whatever was necessary. Mental guidance was the power that made Luttrell almost as strong as Beowulf. Even though Beowulf died and Luttrell didn't, they are still both thought of as heroes who sacrificed their life for others. Both of these amazing heroes would be considered inhumane. They were able to survive long periods of time just with either strength or determination. Beowulf

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