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            All societies have heroes: a person who is noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life. Beowulf is a story of heroes and monsters that are good and evil. The poem tells about the accomplishments of a legendary Geatish hero who defeats two evil monsters, and kills a dragon; but he loses his own life in return. In the Anglo-Saxon society they documented values, questions, and attitudes of the time. Because of such a hero as Beowulf, the poem is still appealing and significant.
             Heroes are a significant part to all societies. The poem of Beowulf is nothing more than a tale about the making of a heroŸthe ideal man of the heroic age. Beowulf portrays all the virtues which the heroic-age people respected. Each hero must establish and then maintain his reputation. Beowulf achieves this by defeating anyone who stands in his way.
             Who are the heroes in todays society? Its apparent that the U.S. and British soldiers in Iraq are fighting for their country. This shows that our societys heroes are fighting because they believe that it is their duty and their societys duty to fight for what is right. The soldiers are the true heroes, though, because they are actually doing something about it besides watching the TV coverage like everybody else.
             We have different types of heroes in our society. Anywhere from fictional characters such as Superman and Spiderman to professional athletes like Tiger Woods and Michael Jordon. The story of Beowulf relates to the heroes of todays society. Superman and Spiderman risk their lives to stop the evil in society no matter what the circumstances consist of. The American Soldiers are doing the same thing over in Iraq. Of course it is a little different because times have changed, but the overall aspect of Beowulf relates to our societys heroes. .

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