Then we put up our masts, hauled sail, and rested, letting the steersmen and the breeze take over.” pg. 147 Instead of giving up, Odysseus and his men fight on through the “two long days and nights… worn out and sick at heart, tasting our grief.” And although they were tired and didn’t want to continue, they found a way to fight the dangers of Poseidon’s storms and survived. In another instance, Odysseus and his men valiantly fight the dangerous Kyklops, a terrible monster. “Now, by the gods, I drove my big hand spike deep in the embers, charring it again, and cheered my men along with battle talk to keep their courage up: no quitting now.” pg. 156 Being able to not give up or shrink away from danger makes Odysseus an admirable, courageous hero.
Frank made it seem like the SEABEE was swarming around ready to work or fight. Also, making the SEABEE coming to help another SEABEE. Furthermore, the context “CAN DO!” is invisible seals or approval stamp saying that the SEABEE can do anything and nothing is going to stop him. The “CAN DO!” is a war crying, if an order is giving out by the Navy Chiefs and Officers. Finally, I can relate to Frank J. Lafrate “The Fighting SEABEE”.
In films, such as Life of Pi and Castaway, the heroes must find strategies through natural disaster and contemplate ideas such as the seafarer does. People look at these internal struggles for empowerment, so even though it may not be viewed as tough or brave, it is relatable. Heroism portrayed in Beowulf and "The Seafarer" is still what an audience expects of modern heroes in books and films. "Beowulf, the hero of this epic hears of Grendel's deeds and vows revenge" (Cantos 3-5). When a threat occurs in the city, the superhero is usually the one to take care of the situation.
No Easy Day authored by Mark Owen is the autobiography of a Navy Seal who put his life at risk for the welfare of his country. It offers the reader a glimpse in the the progression of Mark Owen’s tenure as a Navy SEAL. I chose this work to view a man’s experience of fighting in a foreign land to defend the order and freedom of his country, while in the midst of turmoil. Mark Owen enlisted willingly to put down his life, if it were needed, for the progression and safety of his country. This work also exemplifies that everything you do in life prepares you for something larger.
He had many adventures prior to the voyage to New England, and thought quite highly of himself, as is clear in his writings. Smith wrote in a third person viewpoint for much of his account. He wrote about many sailors planning to go back to England, and desert their mission, and said: “Smith, unexpectedly returning, had the plot discovered to him, much trouble he had to prevent it, till with store of saker and a musket shot he forced them to stay or sink in the river: which action cost the life of Captain Kendall.” Smith writes his account like a narrative, telling it like a story, where he is the main character. William Bradford, on the other hand, wrote his account in a first
Beowulf summer reading questions 1. The first example of Beowulf seeing himself is “Time and again, foul things attacked me, lurking and stalking, but I lashed out, gave as good as I got with my sword (Lines 559-561). The second example of Beowulf seeing himself is “I had a fixed purpose when I put to sea. As I sat in the boat with my band of men, I meant to perform to the uttermost what your people wanted or perish in the attempt, in the fiend’s clutches. And I shall fulfil that purpose, prove myself with a proud deed or meet my death here in the mead-hall” (lines 632-638.
The Odyssey is made up of incredible scenes each with a different moral to the story. Book 12 of the Odyssey is one important scene that talks Odysseus and his men fighting through difficult obstacles approaching many different challenges. Why is this scene so important? The answer is simple, it takes team work to a new level, never leaving a men behind even at the toughest times. While Book 12 of the Homer’s Odyssey explains mysterious Sirens roaming through the island, deadly creatures that are ready to devour anyone as their meal, and gods with quick tempers, Odysseus and his team takes on the challenge to sail home through the Island of Sirens.
In Seamus Heaney’s translated poem, Beowulf, the phrase “keenest to win fame” criticizes Beowulf’s selfish actions and motivations during his reign as king. Beowulf expresses his prideful motives often throughout his journey, namely when he fights Grendel and as well as when he discusses his encounters with the dangerous sea monsters. For instance, when Beowulf volunteers to fight Grendel and reform the Dane society, he “renounce[d] / sword and the shelter of the broad shield, / the heavy-war board; hand-to-hand / is how it will be…” (436-439). Beowulf’s refusal to fight with protection and weapons displays his confidence and arrogance. Instead of defeating Grendel with an immense army and weapons which is more tactical and more likely to succeed,
In the second stanza of the poem, Kipling advises that we should be able to dream, but also stay realistic. Kipling points out that life has both successes and failures and you should be able to handle both. He emphasizes that it is important that we keep the ability of starting over even after failures and disappointments. In the novel, To Kill a Mocking Bird", Atticus fights the high profile case of Tom Robinson and works very hard to prove Tom 's innocence but he never loses the touch with reality. He understands that there is prejudice in the society against black people and that even though he tried his best, he could lose the case since he had not seen a jury deciding in favor of a black man.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” (Chapter 9).This is a famous quote from the book The Great Gatsby written by F.Scott Fitzgerald. This quote speaks about how having expectations about the future based on the passed no matter how hard we try always brings us back to the past, and that can be dangerous as discovered in this book. Gatsby’s actions were based on the past and it resulted in a tragedy. Gatsby took the blame for Myrtles death and because of that he paid with his life. By the end of the novel we discover that Gatsby would do anything and everything not because he loved Daisy but because he loved the thought of being in love with Daisy there is a huge difference between the two.