Beowulf Vs Hercules(Disney) W Ho Is A Better Hero?

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A True HeroWhat is the definition of a true hero? Many people have been considered heroes for manydifferent reasons. Both Hercules and Beowulf have both been regarded as heroes. Beowulf was agreat warrior who lived in the time of the Vikings. Beowulf traveled the face of the earth fightingmonsters and beasts in search of money and fame. Hercules was also a great warrior but he livedduring the time of the Greek gods. Hercules was born a god but he was stolen as an infant andturned into a mortal by his fathers nemesis, Hades. Hercules retained his godlike strength and nowhe must prove himself a hero. This is the only way he would be able to reunite with his family ofgods. In the Disney animated film "Hercules" the character is a far greater hero than the characterBeowulf from the epic poem "Beowulf" because he had more of a desire to be a hero, he foughthis battles with better motives, and he had stronger friendships in his companions.Beowulf's desire to be a hero had mostly selfish reasons. In one of Beowulf's speaches hestates, "Let me live in greatness and courage, or here in this hall, welcome my death." Althoughthis might sound heroic, he shows how he wants to be a hero to gain fame. This shows that he ismore worried about his personal image than the people he plans to protect. Beowulf also says,"My lord Higlac might think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to." Anywarrior, no matter how noble, knows he must have advantages over their enemy to win andshowing up to battle without proper equipment is a dumb thing to do. This shows how he is moreworried about his personal image than the safety of the people. In Beowulf's death speech hesaid, "I sold my life for this treasure, and sold it well." He does not mention the people he saved,only the treasures he gained. This shows his goals in life are material. A persons desires to be ahero should have more meaning than a persons ego and material wealth.Hercules' desire to be a hero has much more meaning than Beowulf's. For example, whenhe finds out he must prove himself a hero to be able to reunite with his family, he sings, "I willbeat the odds, I can go the distance. I will face the world, fearless, proud and strong... til I find myheros welcome right where I belong." This shows that he knows he will have to work hard toprove himself a hero but is willing to do whatever it takes. When Hercules is trying to persuade agreat trainer to train him he asks, "Haven't you ever had a dream, something you wanted so badyou would do anything." This shows that he is willing to do anything to become a hero andreunite with his family. He also explains, "I am different from the other guys, I can go thedistance." This shows how he is confident that, under the right training, has what it takes tobecome a hero. He knows that other people have let the trainer down before, and knows that heis different from all of them. Hercules' desire to be a hero comes from within himself like thedesire to...

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