Modern Day Heroes Research Paper

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The Danes and the Greeks had heroes in their stories of Odysseus and Beowulf. These heroes travelled to assist others in battle. Odysseus went to fight in the Trojan War and Hygelac went to fight Grendel and rid Hrothgar’s hall of evil. In the modern day, there are still heroes that go off to battle and participate in war. This is usually done by order of a government, however, the enlisted soldiers see it as a duty to their country. Is this still what defines a hero and something we should all strive to become? If this is no longer what makes a hero, what does make a hero? Is it the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Is it taking on an alien army single-handedly and saving mankind from certain doom? Does it require one to be arrogant, boisterous, and disrespectful of others? Or does it mean you are trustworthy, reliable, helpful, and that you…show more content…
Hygelac left his home to fight Grendel and return the hall to Hrothgar. The heroes in these stories left their families to go to the aid of others. While this is noble and can be considered heroic, modern day heroes should not need to abandon their families to help others. The opposite should be happening, where heroes stay with their families and create strong bonds within their families and communities. Everyone seems to be looking everywhere for a good cause to support, while ignoring the people closest to them that need their support as well. In conclusion, modern day heroes are not warriors that set out to conquer and enslave other people. Modern day heroes are those who make the world a better place for everyone. They are the moms and dads that help their children do their homework. They are the ones that donate their time to collect and deliver food to those who are less fortunate. We all want our children to grow up and live happier and more fulfilling lives than we did. Heroes are the people who make the present and the future better for all of

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